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Angry taxi licensees confront Palaszczuk, Hinchliffe at community cabinet

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (6.3.16) on taxi licence owners protesting about Uber drivers to the Premier and the Transport Minister at a community cabinet meeting at Dakabin, north of Brisbane.

‘Uber has been fined close to $2 million by the Transport Department since it was issued with a cease and desist order under the Newman Government but Transport inspectors, who have been tasked with dealing with the issue, have struggled to stay ahead of the service, reporting the company has been blocking their phones from accessing the app.

‘Uber pays the fines for its drivers, and there is yet to be a case hit the Queensland courts.

‘The Katter Party put forward a bill, earning legions of city taxi driver supporters, that would see Uber drivers lose demerit points instead of fined, with three strikes enough to lose their licence.

‘But neither the government nor the opposition has indicated support for the legislation.’

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