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Uber driver's landmark win paves way for service to operate freely in Victoria

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Nathan Brenner was found guilty last year by a magistrate of two counts of operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a licence, and one count of driving a commercial passenger vehicle without driver accreditation.

But Victorian county court judge Geoffrey Chettle on Wednesday dismissed the charges and ordered the Taxi Services Commission to pay Brenner s appeal costs.

He was charged after an undercover officer used the Uber app to travel from the Hilton hotel to South Yarra.

The opposition transport spokesman, David Hodgett, says the government has wasted taxpayers money trying to fight Uber instead of regulating the service to provide industry certainty.

This is not about taxis versus Uber but rather what ways we can get our city moving in the most efficient way, he said.

The time for excuses is over, the Uber Victoria general manager, Matt Denman, said on Wednesday.

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