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Cabbies threaten legal action over Uber

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016

Taxi owners remain determined about taking legal action against the Queensland government over its lack of compensation for introducing ride-sharing service Uber, says Gold Coast Cabs boss Gordana Blazevic.

The Palaszczuk government has offered a $100 million compensation package for cab owners following the approval of ride-sharing businesses, including Uber, from September 5.

The package sets out $20,000 per licence, capped at $40,000 (two licences) per owner.

However, any cab licences under company names will not be compensated, say Ms Blazevic.

That means Gold Coast Cabs, which owns 21 licences, will not receive a cent or will other owners of multiple taxi licences in company names.

Even those with more than two licences will miss out on receiving full compensation.

Ms Blazevic told AAP that the industry is waiting for the legislation to be presented and if the cross-benchers and the LNP opposition are in favour or against the government.

"The package means nothing until the legislation is passed. We don't know what the cross-benchers or the LNP are going to do, so we need to be seeking legal advice, based on a number of scenarios," Ms Blazevic said.

She said there had been talk of class action, but they need to find out "if that is a viable option".

The government has warned the taxi industry, the opposition and the cross-benchers that if their legislation to make ride-sharing legal is blocked, then there would not be any compensation.

The government has said it can legalise ride-sharing from September 5 through regulation and the $100-million transitional package will be tied to a bill that must pass the hung parliament.

"We see the whole package as a package that brings together that level playing field and fairness for the whole industry," Stirling Hinchliffe said on Monday.

"The bulk of the elements that are tied up in relation to the industry assistance package will require legislation."

Ms Blazevic said they do not know a lot of the detail behind the announcement of legalising ride-sharing and when that is known, cabbies will know exactly what their options are.

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