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Taxi Blockade: Angry Cabbies Cause Traffic Chaos In Melbourne

Another taxi protest is underway.

27/02/2017 10:05 AM AEDT | Updated 27/02/2017 10:24 AM AEDT
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Taxis have caused traffic to back up in Melbourne as part of industrial action.

Melbourne taxi drivers have again disrupted morning peak hour to protest against industry reforms, causing lengthy delays for commuters.

The motorcade protest started at 8am local time at Melbourne Airport and drove slowly over the Tullamarine Freeway, clogging up surrounding roads, before heading to parliament house where a rally is currently underway.

Taxi drivers are angry about state government plans to reform the industry, including legalising Uber and scrapping taxi licences.

The Victorian Taxi Association strongly opposes measures, claiming that they are unworkable and will result in a 20 per cent fare increase on country trips.

"It costs me all these three licence more than $800,000, and now the Government offers to me $100,000 for my first licence, $50,000 for my second licence and $50,000 nor my third licence," one driver told the ABC.

"I owe to the bank $300,000, with the money the Government gives to me, I can't pay my loan."

Monday's rally follows a similar action earlier this month that brought traffic to a standstill.


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