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RACQ will not enter ride share market

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Darren Cartwright

Fired-up RACQ executive Paul Turner says the Taxi Council Queensland has wrongly accused the motoring group of wanting to enter the ride-share market.

Mr Turner told AAP that the RACQ, which has 1.6 million members, has no plans of becoming a player in the ride-share market alongside Uber and in opposition to taxis.

He said more than 80 per cent of the 1009 RACQ members it surveyed wanted ride-sharing to be approved and that's why it made a submission to the government in support of Uber which will be legal in Queensland from September 5.

Mr Turner conceded the RACQ did say on its submission that it "may or may not" enter the ride sharing market in the future but that was only in case the motoring group ever changes its mind.

"I'm a bit fired-up about this one. It is unfounded," Mr Turner told AAP.

"In our submission to the government we said, `at some time in the future the RACQ may or may not consider entering ride-sharing or car-sharing'. We wanted to be transparent ... but we have no plans."

"The Taxi Council has taken those comments and turned them into something they are absolutely not."

Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) boss Benjamin Wash says the RACQ acted dishonestly when it commented about the legality of Uber while not publicly declaring its interest in creating its own ride-share company.

"The RACQ has sold out Queenslanders by supporting a foreign multi-national that sends its profits offshore at the expense of thousands of Queensland small businesses, and even worse it has been caught lying about its intentions," Mr Wash said in a statement.

"We called their management out last week and their response has been an embarrassing and confusing mix of admitting their intent and denying it all at the same time."

Mr Turner said there was no hidden agenda and their campaign for was to allow customers the right to choose between a taxi or a ride-sharing company.

"We have been upfront on this all along and the Taxi Council has decided we are more the enemy than Uber or the ride-sharing industry," he said.

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