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The following sentences on page 13 of the ACT Government's discussion paper of July 2017 caught my eye:

'There has been considerable uptake up of rideshare services. Uber advises just under 1,000 active rideshare drivers using its service - many are part-time'.

The same discussion paper advises on page 12 that there are about 70,000 active rideshare riders in Canberra.

Canberra's population is a little under 400,000.

(https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/ci/fattach/get/155790/1499221054/redirect/1/filename/Summary Discussion Paper for Evaluation - FINAL.PDF)
 

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The following from the discussion paper may also be of particular interest:

SECURITY CAMERAS

'Vehicles that provide rank and hail services (that is, taxis) are required to have on-board security cameras installed' (page 6).

PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES

'In general, drivers for standard taxis, hire cars and rideshare must also have knowledge of passengers with disabilities, accommodate assistance animals and must never discriminate against passengers based on disabilities, among other factors' (page 6).

RIDESHARE WAITING TIMES

'Uber advises average rideshare waiting times of under five minutes in the ACT' (page 12)

DECREASE IN PERCENTAGE OF TAXI SERVICES

'Use of other taxi services [ie, taxi services other than wheelchair accessible taxis] has decreased, with the Canberra Taxi Industry Association citing a 13 per cent decrease in trips per taxi between 2015 and 2016. However, advice from industry continues to point to a limited impact of new rideshare services, with such impacts primarily affecting services on Friday and Saturday nights' (page 12).

TAXI SUPPLY

'The regulated cap on ACT taxi licences remains at 358. Since the March 2017 release of 10 taxi licences, there have been 318 ACT-licensed taxis available comprising 292 standard taxis and 26 wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs)' (page 12).

'The supply of taxi drivers to service vehicles and consumers continues to rise since the commencement of the second phase reforms to driver licensing, with a 20 per cent increase in licensed driver numbers, from 1 August 2016 to 1 April 2017 (to nearly 1,800)' (page 13).

HIRE CAR SUPPLY

'The number of licensed hire car operators and drivers has also increased over the phase-2 reform period by around 29 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively. Since September 2015, the number of licensed hire car vehicles has increased from 38 to 53 (or approximately 39 per cent)' (page 13).
 
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