Saturday, 17 March 2018 Regional operators will be exempt from paying the temporary levy The maximum levy on metropolitan taxi or charter fares will be $10 Booking service fees will be waived during the first 12 months of the reform Removal of cap on the number of authorised taxis Reforms will remove regulatory burdens and promote greater competition The McGowan Government has refined its proposed on-demand transport reform package to reflect concerns raised during further community consultation. Regional taxi operators will not be required to pay the temporary levy on fares for trips booked outside the Perth/Peel area, and will benefit from more flexible operating arrangements. A proposed assistance package will support taxi-car licence holders in the Mandurah and Murray areas to make the transition to being a metropolitan-based booking service and subject to the temporary levy. In response to feedback from industry, the maximum levy payable on fares will be $10 to ensure that high value charter trips such as in limousines and buses, and long taxi trips will not be over-burdened by the temporary levy. Importantly, the levy will not apply to regular timetabled bus routes and scheduled tourism trips. The fees for authorisation as a booking service State-wide will be waived for 12 months following the commencement of the reforms to minimise potential increases in fares. A further proposed change is the removal of the cap on the number of taxi vehicles authorised to operate. This will give all on-demand transport providers the freedom to expand and diversify the services offered to customers. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti: "The McGowan Government continues to consult widely to make sure that the proposed reforms will create a sustainable and innovative WA on-demand transport industry for operators and customers. "Waiving the fees for booking services for 12 months after the reforms come into effect, will assist service providers to pay the levy without passing on the cost to their customers. "After listening to the concerns of the regional taxi operators and their representatives, we have made a decision to exempt regional taxi and charter operators from paying the temporary levy. "By not imposing the cap on metropolitan and regional taxi vehicle authorisations, we are creating a more level playing field with charter vehicle operators for which numbers are currently uncapped. "The Government has worked with representatives of the WA Country Taxi Operators' Association to get the best outcomes for the on-demand transport industry in regional areas."