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Queensland: Uber illegal

30 Apr, 2014

The state government is the second in Australia to rule that Uber doesn’t currently adhere to state laws. Transport Minister Scott Emerson:

The department is working with Uber to outline what safety regulations it needs to meet in order to operate in Queensland, including driver authorisation, which includes detailed criminal history checks, vehicle standards and taxi licences.

State Premier Campbell Newman:

I do have some concerns over the whole thing. I’ve got daughters, 19 and 21, I would prefer them catching a cab because I know about all the safeguards, cameras, trained drivers, GPS locations of cabs real-time. Yes, [Uber] has safeguards in there as well, but I’d prefer to use a ridgy-didge cab.