Technology behemoth Uber will be far from pleased with the Transport and Industrial Relations select committee’s assessment of the Land Transport Amendment Bill.
Uber already has a testy relationship with the Government, after ditching the need for its drivers to hold P endorsements and essentially sanctioning breaking the law.
But its hopes for other concessions took a hit when the committee reported back yesterday recommending the Bill require Uber drivers to keep logbooks of their work like regular taxi drivers.
Perhaps more interesting was the committee's refusal to drop a requirement that a person “in control of a service” must live in this country. This puts Uber in a sticky situation; the service is run through an app that is developed and maintained overseas.
How the fine points of this bed in remains to be seen, but there will no doubt be more frantic lobbying on Uber’s part.
But Uber’s opponents are unhappy as well.
Taxi group Blue Bubble is upset the committee upheld the decision to drop mandatory security cameras in vehicles. Labour MPs on the committee opposed the recommendation to ditch mandatory cameras, citing an improved safety record since they were introduced. Dropping the cameras will please some, but if there is another murder like that of driver Hiren Mohini in 2011 the decision could come back to haunt the Government.