Taxi Council Queensland last week began an election offensive as part of its fight against the state government over its decision to legalise ride-sharing last year.
uber, which already operates across southeast Queensland, has announced it will launch in Cairns and Townsville on March 16.
uber Queensland spokesman Sam Bool said more than 5000 people had already expressed interest in becoming drivers in the two regional cities.
The push into regional Queensland comes after the Palaszczuk government legalised ride-sharing services in September last year, despite strong opposition from the taxi industry.
In launching its election campaign offensive, Taxi Council Queensland said the state had abandon over 16,000 small business operators who had been abandoned by the law to placate a wealthy multi-national company.
The taxi council has given a list of demands to every political party and is targeting every electorate across the state before the poll, due in the second half of 2018.
Courier Mail, 8 Feb 2017
QUEENSLAND cabbies will campaign from the driver's seat as part of an "election offensive" against the Palaszczuk Government's decision to legalise ride-sharing.
Taxi Council Queensland yesterday launched a protect program that will involve heavy campaigning in every electorate in the lead up to the election expected this year. Chief executive Benjamin Wash said it was "entirely possible" customers would see political stickers and find themselves handed other campaign material.
He said cabbies will be trained on how to best spread the message to "ensure consistency" across tbe board.
Mr Wash said he had sent a list of TCQ's demands to every political party and would give them until April to respond, before they were shared publicly.
AAP on February 7, 2017, 11:43 am
Taxi Council Queensland has vowed to campaign in every state electorate as part of an "election offensive" over what it claims is the government's failure to protect cab owners.
Chief executive Benjamin Wash said it would enlist the help of thousands of volunteers, many of whom were expected to be TCQ members and those affected by the downturn in the taxi industry.
Mr Wash said the TCQ had written to each political party and would throw its support behind any that supported its call for a Personalised Transport Commission.
Taxi drivers are furious with the Premier, and they're planning to tell their passengers all about it.