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September 10, 2021

Uber wants Australia to scrap fuel taxes

Uber's Australian boss has called the country's electric vehicle rollout 'a mess'.

What's the key learning?

  • Uber called Australia's electric vehicle rollout "a mess"
  • Uber's says Australia needs to move away from fuel taxes, and adopt a road user charging scheme
  • This means charge drivers a fee for every kilometre they drive on Aussie roads.

Background: Uber - the multi-billion-dollar ridesharing giant - ain't happy with Australia. It actually called our electric vehicle (EV) rollout "a mess". Yikes.

What happened: In Norway, 75% of new car sales are electric vehicles. In the UK it's 11%...and in Australia? Just 1.57%. Double yikes.

What else: Uber's Aussie boss reckons Australia needs to move away from fuel taxes, and adopt a road user charging scheme - aka, charge drivers a fee for every kilometre they drive on Aussie roads.

So what's the key learning?

💡Every wondered why fuel prices feel so high?! You can thank a 'lil (or big) something called fuel taxes. For every litre of fuel you get, you pay 43.3 cents in tax.

💡Fuel taxes are Australia's largest source of funding for building and maintaining our roads. We pay the tax to the federal government...and they use it to fund out transport infrastructure - aka our roads.

💡Over the last few decades, fuel taxes have been declining. Cars have become more fuel efficient, so we don't need to fuel up as regularly...which means we pay less tax. And if you have an EV, you don't fuel up at all. So you can see why the Government may be a tad slow to push the pedal on rolling out EVs.

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