OPERATION JABBAH: The taxi rank on Woongarra St, 2am.
OPERATION JABBAH: The taxi rank on Woongarra St, 2am. Eliza Goetze

RACQ throws support behind Uber in Queensland

UBER and other ridesharing operators could be legally driving their way across Queensland soon and the RACQ is all for it.

The RACQ has announced it will insure Uber and ridesharing operators as soon as the practice is made legal - a move they have called on the State Government to speed up its decision on.

RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said under RACQ's insurance cover for ridesharing drivers there would be no limit on hours of operation.

"We recognise that for many people, working for rideshare operators such as Uber supplements their main income,” Mr Turner said.

"We won't restrict drivers to operating for a set number of hours.

"Other States in Australia have legalised ridesharing, and Queensland continues to lag behind as we wait for a decision.

"The review has taken more than nine months to complete and while we wait for an outcome rideshare users and drivers are putting themselves at legal risk, and the taxi industry is being unfairly penalised as its future lies in limbo.

"RACQ is committed to insuring ridesharing drivers as soon as the practice is made legal."

Mr Turner said 80% of RACQ members surveyed were in favour of ridesharing in Queensland, and the same number believed people should be able to choose between rideshare and taxis.

"The legalisation of ridesharing doesn't have to mean the end of the taxi industry. The two can co-exist as we give all Queenslanders a choice," he said.

"The focus must be on the best transport outcome and not just on protecting existing operations."



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