The State Liberals will introduce legislation to allow ride-sharing services, such as UberX, to legally operate in South Australia.
UberX already successfully operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.
“This is about giving commuters the choice they want when it comes to transport options in South Australia,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“It’s also about creating much needed jobs.
“Our legislation will remove the barriers that currently prevent ridesharing operators from delivering services in South Australia.”
The State Liberals will also encourage the Weatherill Labor Government to change regulations and introduce a four year moratorium on taxi plates, as the Liberal Government in NSW has done, to help the taxi industry adjust.
Taxis would maintain exclusive rights to “rank and hail” services across Adelaide.
“The State Liberals see ride-sharing as an opportunity to increase competition, give customers a broader range and choice of services, and improve transport reliability and customer service,” said Mr Marshall.
“This is an exciting opportunity and we must act now to catch the innovation wave and avoid being left behind.
“The Weatherill Labor Government is too slow to act and is holding back SA. They are sitting on a taxpayer funded review that finished months ago.
“As outlined in our 2036 Policy Manifesto, better transport options mean better connected people and communities.
“We need a transport system that is user-focussed and responsive to the changing needs of commuters and industry.
“South Australia must be a part of a new modern thinking that will promote innovation and new service delivery.
“The last thing we want is for South Australia to be left behind and for UberX to begin operating here without proper regulations and rules in place.
“It is now up to the Weatherill Labor Government to support our legislation.
“If the Weatherill Labor Government does not, we will introduce this if we win government in 2018.”
In August 2015 the Liberal Party called on the Government to allow a 12 month trial of UberX in South Australia.
At the time there had been around 5,000 applicants for Uber jobs and the Liberal Party recognised the role UberX could play given South Australia’s disastrous unemployment rate and jobs crisis.
“Legalising Uber and other ride-sharing services has the ability to strengthen the South Australian economy, create new jobs across a number of sectors and heighten innovation across the State,” said Mr Marshall.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has failed to release its review into the industry, so we are taking the necessary action to bring South Australia in to line with other states.
“Technology is enabling the share economy and ignoring it, like the Weatherill Labor Government has chosen to do, is not an option.”