Don't Be Confused By NSW Taxi Council and RMS Statements Telling You That Ridesharing Is Illegal.

On the 26th November 2015 the Taxi Council of NSW nswtaxi.org.au attempted to deceive the public advising them that Ridesharing is illegal and it's not worth the risk.
The NSW Taxi Councils take on it is nothing short of laughable, they have a monetary interest in Taxis, that is where they get their money from, so a one sided story and point of view.
They are confused, UBER is a quasi taxi service that is operating outside of the law, not a ridesharing company. The truth, ridesharing has been around for decades. The government even promote ridesharing and run one of their own initiatives and websites aimed at less traffic on the road when commuting to work.
So how illegal is Rideharing? It's NOT ILLEGAL AT ALL, however the government and organiations such as the NSW Taxi Council would loose money when people start to wake up to the fact you have been lied to.
See how the 2x statements contradict each other, the NSW Taxi Service stating that the NSW government has clearly outlined that ridesharing is illegal.. WRONG
Authorities all over the world are banning ridesharing in major cities, but the companies involved repeatedly ignore local laws and continue operating illegally. In New South Wales, the State Government has clearly outlined that ridesharing is illegal stating: “if a NSW driver is taking paying members of the public as passengers, the driver and the vehicle must operate in accordance with the Passenger Transport Act”
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The truth is this is not a new ruling, it's been a known law and is written in the Transport Act 2007.
The law is clear and has not changed: if a NSW driver is taking paying members of the public as passengers, the driver and the vehicle must operate in accordance with the Passenger Transport Act.
Under the act, such services must be provided in a licensed taxi or hire car, by an appropriately accredited driver, authorised by Roads and Maritime Services.
However, these laws do not apply to, for example, a group of friends sharing expenses or a car-pooling arrangement between colleagues sharing a ride to the office.
LifeSocial Carpooling operates on a different model that abides by the local laws in where we operate.
The difference is that drivers do not profit from taking lifts, however are allowed to recover costs that incur from the trip. Both parties are open to negotiation on the reimburstment costs and LifeSocial Carpooling do not take a profit from each trip.
LEGAL
Firstly I want to point you to an article we have previously published LifeSocial Carpooling unaffected by NSW Government ruling out Ridesharing Apps where we explain how and why Ridesharing is LEGAL.
"At best the articles heading 'Ride-sharing apps ruled out by NSW government' is misleading. You read on further to see: Transport for NSW has ruled out smartphone apps that allow motorists who are not taxi or hire-car drivers to receive money for offering lifts.
The truth is this is not a new ruling, it's been a known law and is written in the Transport Act 2007. LifeSocial Carpooling operates on a different model that abides by the local laws in where we operate.
The difference is that drivers do not profit from taking lifts, however are allowed to recover costs that incur from the trip. Both parties are open to negotiation on the reimburstment costs and LifeSocial Carpooling do not take a profit from each trip.
We have articles for best practises on Cost Sharing and Profiting from Driving and advice on Insurance and how this may change when you are profiting from Carpooling.
The article was aimed directly at Uber's Ride-sharing app and not all Ride-sharing apps."
RISK
As far as risk goes we have lowered risk by implementing our own systems of checking drivers and passengers, it's no different to jumping into taxi with an unknown taxi driver. In fact I know people who have been sexually harrassed by taxi drivers, and they want to talk about RISK. How LifeSocial Rideshare Are Creating a Safe Community for Ridesharers
THE BLURRING OF THE TRUTH THAT RIDESHARING IS LEGAL
Blurring the Line Between Rideshare and Unregulated Taxi Services
In a statement by NSW Taxi Council.. "Ridesharing companies are owned by entrepreneurs with the aim of cashing in by snatching a share of the fare and removing drivers' rights. There's a fundamental difference and one must ask, who are these people promoting ridesharing and what are their true motives?"
My true motive is written on the about page of my site, where it compares a Taxi Ride from Sydney to Bathurst costing $800, similar to a return flight to Fiji. so my motive is to reduce the rip off costs that the Taxi industry is charging people and keeping drivers rights, better service and better safety.
You want to discuss the rights of drivers, I want to discuss the rights of a passenger who are paying you money. Im sure a passenger does not jump in a taxi wanting to be sexually harrassed do they, you also do not openly acknowledge complaints from the public do you now?
See the following article that shows the complaints against Central Coast Taxis, that were once hidden from the public. Central Coast Taxis rated NSW worst service
Blurred Lines between Ridesharing and Unregulated Taxi Service
Date Published: 16/02/2016
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