While ride-sharing services like Uber have recently become legal in Queensland, the State Government is making sure they don’t take too much work from the taxi industry by introducing hefty fines.
If anyone other than a taxi driver parks in a taxi rank, the penalty has risen from $48 to $243. Also, Uber drivers who ‘solicit or tout for fares’ will be slapped with an on-the-spot fine of $487.
Queensland’s Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the law changes will help “to create a level playing field for existing taxi licences and confirm existing requirements for the use of taxi ranks.”
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“Ride-booking drivers don’t have access to taxi ranks, nor are they able to pick up passengers who try to hail them from the side of the road,” the Minister said.
“Ride-booking drivers are only able to accept fares from customers who have pre-arranged a booking with a smartphone app, or through a specialist phone booking agent.”
Mr Hinchliffe added that inspectors from the Department of Transport and Main Roads would be highly visible around taxi ranks and entertainment precincts throughout the festive season to make sure ride-booking drivers were doing the right thing.