Transport Minister, Stephen Mullighan, demonstrated both leadership and vision with his decision to approve UberBLACK operations in South Australia today.
Uber have thanked him for taking the time to get to know their business model and for recognising the benefits it brings to South Australians looking to build their own business. He made it clear his priority was safety for passengers and drivers, not protecting established interests, and he has proven that today with a sensible pro-innovation decision.
This decision removes the ambiguity, and opens the way for Adelaide’s hire car drivers to use UberBLACK to grow their business – some have already bought additional cars to keep up with the opportunity. It also means it will be easier to get a ride, especially at a time of year when Adelaide needs it most.
Uber partner, Peter Chronopoulos, said of the decision, “I am delighted to see the government support local businesses. This is my busiest time of year and using the Uber platform means I can connect with more customers and grow my business.”
The decision to embrace innovation has been widely supported across South Australian politics, and we are pleased that we were able to work with government on a solution. These policy makers are leading the way in Australia and we look forward to having such constructive conversations in all states.