01 Feb 2018
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
The Territory Labor Government has listened to the community, and delivered on its election promise to bring ridesharing to the NT.
Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today welcomed the Territory’s first ridesharing operator, Hi Oscar, to Darwin and Alice Springs.
“Territorians want ridesharing services available in the Territory, and today, that promise became a reality, creating new employment opportunities for around 45 locals. We hope to see this number grow over time,” she said.
“We have worked closely with the community and the passenger vehicle industry to ensure a fair and level playing field, which will enable new and existing industry players to continue providing quality services for Territorians.
“It was important to put the safety and security of passengers first, and that is what we have achieved through our revised regulations.
“All ridesharing vehicles and drivers must meet the same safety requirements as existing commercial passenger vehicles, which means passengers can be assured of safe and reliable transport.
“As part of the revised regulations, a $1 per trip levy will be applied to all taxi, minibus, private hire and ridesharing trips, to be reinvested into the Lift Incentive Scheme and the Taxi Subsidy Scheme to assist Territorians with disability and the regulation of the CPV industry.
“This is a great day for Territorians, who now have more options to get around and we are proud to have delivered on our promise.
“Government will continue to assist new ridesharing players as they express interest in setting up in the Territory.”
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