Ball in Labor's court for regional Uber expansion

Popular rideshare service Uber has called on the Malinauskas Labor Government to expand private transport options in the regions.

Uber has written to Minister for Transport and Infrastrucuture, Tom Koutsantonis, requesting changes to regulations that would allow all rideshare services to expand into regional areas.

As is stands, separate accreditation is required for drivers in metropolitan and regional areas and drivers are not permitted to hold both accreditations simultaneously.

This restricts rideshare options in the regions and limits drivers from operating across both boundaries.

Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said no such restriction exists anywhere else in the country. 

"I have met with Uber to discuss any impediments they have to the expansion of rideshare services into regional areas and they indicated that the regulatory framework should be changed," Mr Pederick said.

"I'm keen to see these regulations amended to enable expansion of rideshare to regional areas including Murray Bridge and Strathalbyn in my electorate of Hammond.

"The ball is now firmly in Tom Koutsantonis' court to work through these issues and the Minister must solve this situation now because regional people deserve better access to these services.

"As local member for Hammond I'm always looking for better transport options for my community."

Uber has suggested three options to remedy the situation:

- Remove the boundary distinction between metropolitan and regional

- Expand the metro boundary further to include some regional areas

- Allow drivers to hold both accreditations simultaneously and operate in both areas

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