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Taxi protest stops traffic in Perth CBD

WA taxi drivers protested today at Parliament House against ride-sharing services.

Satinder Sumra outside Parliament House. PHOTO: Rachel Wong

Satinder Sumra outside Parliament House. PHOTO: Rachel Wong.

About 60 taxi drivers drove in convoy from Perth Airport to Parliament House in an effort to force the State Government to enforce strict regulations on ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Shofer.

Taxi Operators Legal Defences director Satinder Singh Samra said laws were in place, but the State Government was not enforcing them.

The WA taxi industry estimates it has lost about $14 million since ride-sharing services started in WA two years ago.

Taxi driver Benny Fensome said young people chose ride-sharing services because they were cheaper.

“Fight for yourself and your families. In two or three months time, there will be less money in our pockets for our families,” Mr Fensome said to other drivers at the protest.

At Parliament House, about 90 taxi drivers protested. Drivers held signs showing their anger.

Cardboard cut-outs of Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Dean Nalder were at the centre of the protest.

Cardboard cutouts of Dean Nalder and Colin Barnett. PHOTO: Rachel Wong.

Cardboard cutouts of Dean Nalder and Colin Barnett. PHOTO: Rachel Wong.

“The laws are to be applied. If the State Government does not apply those laws who, is going to apply them.” Mr Samra said.

The group uploaded this video to their Facebook page yesterday, encouraging people to “get united”.

Courtney Thornton shared footage of the convoy at St Georges Terrace, where drivers honked their car horns and waved protest signs.

Video: Courtney Thornton

 

Rachel Wong was at the protest at Perth Airport and Parliament House.

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