Taxi drivers are conducting rolling protests at Melbourne Airport. They normally queue in a holding yard and eventually get to the airport rank, where they quickly pick up their passengers and depart. Sometimes the fare might a really good one, say to Frankston ($100?). Sometimes it might be to airport hotel across the road ($5?). They wait a long time in the holding yard and naturally get very annoyed when they get a short distance fare.
To overcome their issue, Melbourne Airport introduced a policy where taxi drivers who took a short fare, could return to the airport and jump the holding yard and be in the quick queue at the airport. There was no proof that they had taken a short trip, and so naturally enough some abused the system.
Other systems have been suggested, such as short trip drivers getting some sort of proof token.
I have a different view, against the taxi driver's who have been in the holding yard for two hours and then get $5 trip. It is not fair, they protest.
Surely it is fair. Who gets the $5 fare today, will get the $100 fare tomorrow. Who got the $100 fare today will get a $5 fare tomorrow. It is all about the odds, and odds do balance out.
The taxi drivers should cheerfully accept any fare, long or short, and if they don't, then there is something seriously wrong with the taxi industry and its fare structure.
Our state government commissioned a detailed report on Melbourne's taxis by a noted professor. Apparently his report suggests something that reduces the value of a license to run a taxi, nothing to do with drivers themselves, although he did suggest they should be better paid. Our government has been silent since the report was released.