Customers to wear levy

TOUGH TIMES: Damian Murphy, who runs Euroa and Nagambie Taxis, said he would reconsider operating the service if the $2 levy is introduced.

DAMIAN Murphy has owned and operated Euroa and Nagambie Taxis, the only service in both towns, for nearly 11 years.

Thanks to the introduction of the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017- which includes a proposed $2 levy on all taxi, Uber and hire car fares – coupled with the deregulation of the industry leading to a State Government buy-back of taxi licences, Mr Murphy is considering whether he will continue operating the service.

The levy is being proposed as a means of recouping some of the losses incurred by the government’s licence buy-back, costing an estimated $378 million.

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