Date June 25, 2015 - 2:40AM
Uber is helping to fill the state coffers, with drivers for the ride-sharing service fined more than $1.7 million in the past 12 months.
A cease and desist order has been in place on the app-based company since May last year, with transport officials slapping drivers with fines of up to $1707 for operating without authorisation.
Providing a taxi service without an appropriate licence can bring a fine of $1366.
In the past year, 1536 infringement notices have been issued against 538 drivers for a total value of $1,732,262. Of those, 1234 fines have been paid, reaping the state $1,415,213.
It is understood Uber pays the fines for its driver.
A spokeswoman for the company said Uber didn't "believe anyone should be penalised for providing safe, reliable rides in their city and Uber will always stand by our driver partners".
Governments across the world have been caught in a battle between the established taxi industry and ride-sharing apps.
The Taxi Council, which until recently was displaying a running total of Uber fines on a billboard in the Valley, has been very supportive of the government's response to the ride-share app, lobbying for the state to impose the same licence restrictions on it as the taxi industry experiences.
But Uber has been lobbying just as hard, recently releasing its own advertising highlighting what it says are its safety advantages, in response from one from the taxi industry which highlighted what it said were its safety disadvantages.
Queensland has been negotiating a fine line with both.
In May, Uber wrote to each of the state's 89 MPs asking the government to "enter into meaningful conversations about reform and recognise ridesharing as a new and distinct form of point-to-point transport that requires a new regulatory approach".
The Queensland Taxi Council countered Uber was attempting to "bully" its way into the marketplace, with an unfair advantage.
The state's taxi strategy, set down five years ago, expires this year.