Thanks to the tireless work of Michael Jools, president of the New South Wales Taxi Drivers Association, the great credit card rip-off employed by Cabcharge has been successfully challenged. I'm speaking of taxi passengers being hit with a 10% surcharge for the priviledge of processing their plastic through EFTPOS terminals in cabs.
Whilst the Australian Competition Tribunal resisted revoking this outrageous impost entirely, they have forced Cabcharge to relinquish their monopoly on the scam,
The ruling means taxi drivers can now choose alternative payment systems from the dominant Cabcharge system, opening taxi payments to competition.
This could result in drivers receiving a share of the service fee, or even a reduction in the service fee a customer paid, said the NSW Taxi Drivers Association president, Michael Jools.
In other cab-related media, a Sydney Morning Herald blogger laments the lack of Sydney cabbie locality knowledge. An old story but worth another spin. I left a comment,
As a Sydney cabbie I totally agree, too many cabbies haven't a clue where to go.
Why doesn't the Herald start a campaign to get rid of them ? This would reduce the workforce by 50%, thereby driving up fares and I'll make a fortune. I dare you...