A Labor State Government would scrap Swan Taxis' controversial $9 "on-time" booking fee, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said today.
Mr McGowan said the fee would be another impost on families "just like the Barnett Government’s massive increases in electricity, water and gas charges".
The West Australian revealed yesterday that Transport Minister Troy Buswell had approved the fee, which Swan Taxis wants to encourage drivers to turn up on time for jobs booked more than 24 hours in advance.
In a statement today, Mr McGowan said WA Labor was "opposed to slugging Western Australians with higher fees to encourage taxi services to arrive on time".
“Transport Minister Troy Buswell has no idea about the cost of living pressures facing working families and his decision to sign off on this proposal shows just how out of touch he is.
“If elected WA Labor will immediately repeal this decision.
“It’s not only ripping off Western Australians but rewarding a substandard service. It does not guarantee a taxi arriving on time.
Yesterday Mr Buswell said that ost passengers would continue to book cabs in the usual way, so the new $7.50 fee would not apply.
Disabled passengers who need to book multipurpose taxis or are eligible for the taxi-user subsidy will be exempt.
"Ultimately, the success or otherwise of this product offering will depend on customers and their willingness to take it up, which will of course represent their estimation of value for money," Mr Buswell said.