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More than 150 drivers are ready to roll for Uber when it launches in Cairns next week More than 150 drivers are ready to roll for uber when it launches in Cairns next week
Daniel Bateman, The Cairns Post
March 12, 2017 5:00am
MORE than 150 drivers expect to be ready to roll for Uber when the ridesharing service officially launches in Cairns on Thursday, offering lower fares for users across the city.
It comes as taxi operators claim new reforms for Queensland’s ridesharing services will still not place Uber drivers on a level playing field as cabbies.
The Californian-based company has estimated that the cost of a ride from Cairns’ city centre to the airport will be half of a current taxi fare.
More than 150 Cairns residents have submitted their driver authorisation applications to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to become Uber drivers.
Authorisation includes a driver history, criminal background, medical and vehicle safety inspection check.
uber drivers will also be required to pay a $237 annual licence fee, be forced to obtain special insurance and install reflective signs on their vehicles under a second round of reforms for rideshare services announced this week by Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
The government will also open $27 million in hardship payments for taxi and limousine owners and operators.
Mr Bailey said the latest reforms would make the industry “more responsive, competitive and able to adapt to movement in the industry.”
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March 9 2017
Uber drivers will be slugged more than $200 for an annual licence fee under suggested state reforms that even the ridesharer's traditional rival – the taxi industry – has slammed.
The fee was among a swag of changes announced by Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey ahead of the second stage of legislation due to be introduced to Queensland Parliament later this month.
But the latest reforms are far from popular – pleasing neither ridesharing company Uber nor the Taxi Council Queensland.
Taxi service licences and limousine licences and plates will be retained and a new annual licence fee of $237.26 will be introduced for ridebooking operators such as Uber.
Reflective signage will also be mandatory on the front and back of ridebooking services.
Security cameras must be operating in vehicles that are not pre-booked or services that take cash or payment during the journey. But this requirement would not affect Uber, which takes payment via a pre-registered credit card after the journey.
Read More: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-uber-drivers-will-need-to-pay-200-in-annual-licence-fees-under-proposed-changes-20170309-guul0a.html