DRIVING HIS MESSAGE: Taxi driver Leo Gately wants the government to put restrictions on Uber.
DRIVING HIS MESSAGE: Taxi driver Leo Gately wants the government to put restrictions on Uber. Roktaxi

Taxi driver voices Uber safety, fees issues to Premier

LEO Gately isn't afraid of a little competition when it comes to being a taxi driver; he just wants his competition to be on a "level playing field".

The 77-year-old voiced his concerns over the car service Uber, to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Community Cabinet forum yesterday.

Leo was determined to get his voice heard and was the first member of the public to speak at the forum.

Leo is concerned about the safety of Uber, which sees passengers use a smartphone app to request a driver to pick them up.

Drivers do not pay expensive licensing fees, making fares cheaper than traditional taxis.

Leo is demanding the State Government bring in legislation that will see drivers undergo police checks, the same as all registered taxi drivers.

He also wants Uber drivers to pay the same registration and license fees that apply to him and his colleagues.

"Uber was in Rockhampton last week touting for drivers, that's why it's more important than ever (the government) imposes hefty fines and penalties against unlicensed drivers," Leo said.

Ms Palaszczuk told the audience at the forum they do have concerns about the way Uber operate in Queensland, especially regarding safety.

"If people hop into a cab or car they need to know they are safe," she said.



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