Radio: Uber controversy 4BC Breakfast
Over the weekend, taxi driver Damien Norberry attempted a citizen’s arrest of an Uber driver
The stoush between the Taxi Council of Queensland and Uber has been brewing since the app made its debut in Brisbane in April this year.
Uber is an app you can download on your phone that allows you to request a stranger to come and pick you up in a private car and take you to your location.
Once the ride is over the fare is automatically deducted from your credit card.
Uber says it provides "Brisbane's best way to request a safe, reliable, and affordable ride within minutes".
The Taxi Council Queensland says the app exploits uninsured drivers and exposes the public to risk.
Norberry says he followed the Uber driver and attempted to preform a citizen's arrest after loosing a passenger to the rival company.
However the the arrest did not turn out as planned, listen to the full interview here.
Benjamin Wash the is Chief Executive of the Taxi Council Queensland says Uber does not have the same safety requirements as taxi's such as camera's, built in GPS tracking and safety inspections.