Registrants in the Class Action against Uber received notification this week that the case is ready for filing in the Victorian Supreme court.
Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association of Australia president André Baruch, who is also a registrant, said he was delighted to see the Class Action gathering momentum.
"We have worked with Maurice Blackburn lawyers for the past two years building the case against Uber and it is exciting to be finally at the point of filing," he said.
A Statement of Claim will be lodged in the coming weeks alleging that Uber entities breached the law in each of the Australian States by using drivers and vehicles without the necessary accreditations, authorisations and licences to provide UberX services. It will also allege that Uber entities conspired to injure participants in the taxi and hire-car, limousine and charter vehicle industries by establishing, promoting and operating UberX in the Australian States by unlawful means.
"The matter is now over to the lawyers and the courts to determine whether Uber acted illegally when it entered the Australian marketplace, and whether damages are due to those in the taxi and hire car industry," Mr Baruch said.
"We are confident that we have a strong case against Uber," he said.
Registrations for the Class Action are still open with Maurice Blackburn and the CPVAA is urging eligible drivers and operators to register. Drivers, licence holders and operators are eligible if they were licenced to operate in these states during the following times:
Victoria between 1 April 2014 and 23 August 2017
New South Wales between 1 April 2014 and 17 December 2015
Queensland between 1 April 2014 and 5 September 2016 and
Western Australia between 10 October 2014 and 4 July 2016.
More information at www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/uberclassaction/