I have been reading these forum posts for a while now, and would like to add my two Penney worth. I drive a taxi and purchased a plate a few years ago on the understanding from the government that it was exclusive. These were the terms and conditions placed by the government. Indeed, if anyone purchases a business, it is on the understanding that there will be no new competition in the area. The seller of that business is not lawfully allowed to reopen that business in the immediate vicinity. For Larrikin to suggest that owners of plates have caused this themselves is delusional. I mortgaged my house to buy this plate with a view to a good investment and job security. I drive my own taxi and have never once refused a fare. My car is clean and very well maintained. I have never overcharged. Having followed all the laws and recommendations by the D.O.T. I now find myself in the position of almost being bankrupt. I blame three areas. First, I feel that the government has abandoned me in my hour of need by not enforcing their own laws and prosecuting all the illegal Ubers out there. Second I blame the economy for the down turn in the mining industry, I suppose it had to end at some point. But, thirdly, I blame Uber. They have forced their way into almost every city in the world and literally taken over the taxi industry, blatantly disregarding laws. I also think that most of these drivers are selfish, nasty individuals who are stealing taxi drivers income by masquerading as taxis. They seem to nearly all have full time jobs and do this on the side to increase their income to have holidays, etc. what about the taxi drivers who now can't pay their rent or electric bill due to the lack of jobs? Uber will only be happy when there is an Uber sitting on every street in every suburb waiting for a job. So, yes I do blame the Uber drivers, but I also blame the government and the economy. I do think there is a place for Uber, but they need to follow laws, the same as we have to. I find it quite ironic that every time I have used the taxi service, I have never been refused, the car has been clean and the driver knows where he is going. Unlike the Ubers , who, it seems have no idea where they are going, when I get behind them and they almost always appear to be lost, such as indicating left and turning right, stopping in the middle of St Georges Terrace to look for their passenger! I certainly will never work for such a company that has no morals, treats its 'partners' with such distaste that you use your own asset for their benefit and then to cap it off, they can terminate your 'partnership' when they feel like it.