Wodonga taxi drivers target Premier Daniel Andrews' proposed licence buy-back scheme

CONCERNED: Wodonga cabbies, including Neil Hawkins, argue Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ licence buy-backs will jeopardise their future. Picture: MARK JESSER

CONCERNED: Wodonga cabbies, including Neil Hawkins, argue Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ licence buy-backs will jeopardise their future. Picture: MARK JESSER

Wodonga cabbies have stepped up their campaign against the Victorian government’s proposed licence buy-back scheme, emblazoning their vehicles with placards attacking Premier Daniel Andrews.

Mr Andrews announced in August the government would purchase taxi licences to streamline registration to cover cabs, rental cars and ride-sharing services such as Uber under one system.

But Amalgamated Taxis Wodonga chairman Scott Cowie, who put the signs up, said licences were worth more than the $100,000 Mr Andrews was offering.

Driver Neil Hawkins echoed the sentiment and said the government was endangering cabbies’ superannuation.

North East residents could be slugged an extra $2 for every taxi or ride-sharing trip they take from 2018 under a proposed levy to assist in the industry’s changes

Western Victorian MP Simon Ramsay said the tax was unnecessary given the $9.7 billion windfall from the Port of Melbourne lease announced on Monday.

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