Cab bonanza as new firms move in

Sharon Kemp | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Oct-2017

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BENDIGO taxi passengers will have more choices as taxi company 13CABS prepares to introduce 10 new cars to the city by Christmas.

The Melbourne-based company announced its arrival yesterday, as ride-sharing service Uber prepares to establish its fleet in Bendigo by late October.

Uber has been advertising for drivers for the past month.

Deregulation of the industry in Victoria has lowered the cost of entry into the market while the second round of reforms in state parliament this week could allow drivers to set their own fare prices.

Transport minister Jacinta Allan has said the increased competition between taxi operators would lead to lower taxi fares although it is likely there will be some protection for customers.

13CABS general manager David Samuel said fares set by the government would be in place until the end of the year and the industry would watch how prices settled after that.

Mr Samuel said Bendigo drivers had asked the company to investigate setting up in the city.

He said he found Bendigo was underserviced with Ballarat supporting 12 more taxis with a smaller population.

Mr Samuel said a number of existing Bendigo cabbies were switching to the Melbourne-based network.

The company uses an app to create bookings, technology Mr Samuel said had been in Australia for longer than Uber’s ride-sharing app.

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