Taxi and hire car industries unite against Uber in Sydney's west

6 February 2019
Taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence owners will gather at the Ashbury Pan Arcadian Federation Club in Canterbury today, as part of a series of public meetings taking place across the country this week for those looking to start a class action against Uber for operating unlawfully.

Already more than 1000 registrants from New South Wales have signed up to the national class action, with more joining each day.

Class action experts Maurice Blackburn Lawyers who will run the case, are meeting with interested groups across the country this month to hear from those affected and answer their questions, as the case builds before being filed soon in the Victorian Supreme Court.

Senior Associate Lawyer on the case Elizabeth O’Shea says the claim will look to represent all taxi and hire car operators, licence owners and drivers that have had their livelihoods impacted by Uber’s illegal entry to the market in Australia.

“It was Uber that came in and exploited people by operating outside of regulations, it was Uber’s conduct that led to decimating losses suffered by our group members and for those reasons it is the multi-billion dollar company Uber and its associated entities that we are targeting in order to provide redress to those affected,” Ms O’Shea said.

“This class action will likely be one of the biggest in Australia on any measure – the number of people involved, the potential recovery of compensation for law-abiding operators and licence holders, and no doubt the extent of the fight we are anticipating from the defendants.

“We have a proud history of running the nation’s largest and toughest class actions and we believe that this is the best mechanism to pursue some meaningful form of justice and compensation for those who have had their lives turned upside down by Uber’s alleged illegal operation in NSW.”

Martin Rogers, CEO of the Taxi Council of NSW says that thousands of his members – hard-working Australians – have been severely impacted by Uber’s actions.

“Taxi licence owners, operators and drivers have suffered enormously, both emotionally and financially, causing a significant impact on their livelihood and the NSW Taxi Council welcomes the opportunity for our members to recover some of their vast losses,” Mr. Rogers said.

The public meetings will be held today, Wednesday 6th February at the Pan Arcadian Club, 51-55 King Street, Ashbury. The first meeting will begin at 11am, and the evening meeting will start at 6pm.

Taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence owners that wish to join the action are welcome to attend the meetings, and they can also register their interest for the action using a simple online portal at www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/uberclassaction.


Media inquiries: Cameron Scott at Maurice Blackburn on (03) 96052832 or 0400 876 466, or via cscott@mauriceblackburn.com.au

For the NSW Taxi Council please contact Martin Rogers, CEO NSW Taxi Council on 0423575519