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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