Estonian ride-sharing company, Taxify, will launch in Sydney by Christmas.

The company is attempting to capture some of Uber’s drivers by taking 15 per cent commission of fares instead of Uber’s 20 to 25 per cent. It claims in the long term, this will allow for fares five per cent cheaper than Uber’s.

The company will test the waters in Sydney before launching in Melbourne and Brisbane. Its app is already available via iTunes and Google Play.

Markus Villig founded Taxify in 2013, when he was 19 years old. It now operates in 24 countries, including Canada, Austria, Nigeria, Kenya, and Iraq. In September, it was banned in London three days after it was introduced. Transport for London said Taxify was not a licensed operator. The company is appealing the ban.

Since April this year, ride-sharing services have been legal in Sydney but at the expense of a $1 levy on passengers per trip to help fund a $250 million compensation package for the dwindling taxi industry.

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