Albany taxi drivers rallied outside WA Parliament on Wednesday to protest against the State Government’s imminent taxi regulation changes.
Terry Dombrowski and Paul Moir from Albany City Cabs stood alongside other drivers from across WA to demand fair compensation from the State Government after they regulate the taxi industry.
“We want to speak against the unfair way they have distributed the pay back scheme,” Mr Dombrowski said.
“The city drivers are being compensated for their plates but country drivers are not getting one because they said we leased our plates, but we didn’t.
“We pay hundreds (of) thousands of dollars for our plates and we want to be compensated the way city drivers are.”
The taxi regulation changes are part of the State Government’s response to the growth of services such as Uber and Ola.
Owners of metropolitan taxi plates have been able to access a buy-back taxi plate scheme to compensate their lost assets.
However, regional plate owners were excluded from the scheme.
Mr Moir and Mr Dombrowski claimed the new laws have cost them thousands of dollars.
“There is obviously some angst here because some these drivers paid a lot of money for their plates and now they’re worth nothing,” Mr Moir said.
“I still owed money for my plate and I’m still paying it off.
“They gave us a transition package but it’s not enough. We just want to get our money back for our plate and get the same money the city drivers gets.”
In May, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced the $3.4 million Regional Taxi Transition Support Package.