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RACQ pressures Qld govt on Uber review

AAP logoAAP 31/07/2016 Jamie McKinnell

RACQ pressures Queensland government on Uber review © Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images RACQ pressures Queensland government on Uber review Queensland's peak motoring body is pressuring the state government to speed up a decision on regulating ride-sharing apps so that companies like Uber can secure proper insurance cover.

The RACQ has demanded an end to the "limbo" ride-sharing services have been operating in, after a task force report on how to regulate the industry was handed to the Palaszczuk government on Sunday.

Spokesman Paul Turner said the issues around ride-sharing had been debated for months in Queensland and said it was time to move on.

"Let's make it legal so that companies like RACQ can provide proper insurance cover and that the government can properly regulate this industry into the future," he said.

Last week, Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe revealed that while the government would be in possession of the report on Sunday, it wouldn't be made public until the government had prepared a response.

He would only offer "very soon" as a time frame for its release.

Mr Turner could see room for both ride-sharing and taxi services in Queensland.

"Consumers will still choose to use a taxi," he said.

"Taxis, we believe, will still have the ability to rank and to be hailed, which ride-sharing vehicles will not."

A review into how the state should deal with the emerging ride-sharing industry was ordered in October last year.

Tensions have flared between the taxi industry and Uber, with cabbies accusing the company's drivers of undercutting them with the unfair advantage of not having to pay thousands in licence fees.

Laws cracking down on Uber came into force in April, with revelations its drivers had been fined $786,405 the following month.

The legislation increased fines for drivers by more than $900 to $2356 and transport inspectors were given greater power to investigate.

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