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23 July 2015

UBER AND AIRbnb MAKE CAIRNS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR TOURISTS - A GREAT THING FOR ALL OF US

Nothing gets people more riled up than having their golden ox gored.  Especially when their golden ox is a previously unchallenged monopoly.

Such is the tempest being created by the inevitable launch of ridesharing service Uber in Cairns.  Neanderthal John "Cueball" MacKenzie has led the charge against free enterprise and in favour of government regulation, giving his cabbie listeners spots almost daily to rail against the Uber arrival.  Just yesterday, MacKenzie claimed that the Compost survey of the public was "evenly split" between support and opposition of Uber.  

How are 10 supporters equal to the 5 naysayers?  Only in MacKenzie's fact-challenged world, that's how.

While there are clearly some regulatory hurdles to be overcome, there is no question that Uber will be operational in Cairns very shortly.

This kind of increased competition is exactly the kind of
practical benefit the public can reap from the widespread use of smartphones.  Need to get somewhere?  A couple clicks on Uber and you find a ride, get the estimated arrival time to your departure location, and pay a generally lower price in the process.  And when the ride is over, you're invited to provide instant feedback to Uber management about the driver, the vehicle, and the overall service. 

Some believe Uber is unregulated.  This is false.  In many ways, Uber is MORE regulated than the current taxi system.  Ever tried to make a complaint about a dirty, smelly taxi?  Or a driver who didn't know where he was going, didn't speak English, or tried to overcharge you?  Good luck.  The "complaint" system is designed to protect the drivers and licence holders, not the public.  Time to get the government out of this regulatory task and require ALL on-demand transportation services to utilise the Uber regulation model.

Look at how Uber has already affected the taxi monopoly in Cairns.  Cairns Taxis has for the first time begun "ordering its 450 drivers to keep their service, vehicles, and uniforms a the highest standard".  Why wasn't this a requirement before?  Because as a monopoly, they don't really give a shit about the public.  Their substandard level of service has been a big black mark against the Cairns tourism market.  

The only argument being proffered by the taxi drivers?  "We're going to lose 500 jobs".  That's a good thing, if the fares drop and 1500 additional Uber vehicles replace them.  And look at these taxi jobs?  The drivers routinely claim that they can make as little as $8 and hour, with huge profits going to the actual taxicab owners.  Removing the middleman in this case is discounts directly passed on to the public.  It's a proven fact that lower, market-based pricing by Uber actually INCREASES the number of people desiring this kind of point-to-point transit.  A good thing for all of us.

Running under the radar in Cairns is also the internet-based accommodation service, AirBNB.  AirBNB shows almost 20 accommodation units available in Palm Cove, with growing occupancy rates.  Even mainstream providers like the Reef House and Sea Temple have units listed for rent on AirBNB - clearly seeing that expansion of tourism opportunities is a win/win for everyone.



Expansion of tourism infrastructure is of benefit to ALL of Cairns.  Taxi drivers and their protective granddad John MacKenzie are clinging to the past, to the detriment of the majority.  We welcome Uber to Cairns!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we also have Uberaviation to replace the lousy Kevin Brown contingent who repeatedly fail to bring in move viable airlines?

Mickwow said...

Here! Here! .No more having to put up with cranky old drivers who brough beat you about there political ideas, no more indian drivers who dont know how to get to a destination, no more of the attitude ftom drivers who know they operate within a monopoly.
From what i have seen , Uber works well for both drivers and customers and you get a driver who is not being flogged to drive for 12 hour shifts by greedy cab owners.
Cairns is a traveller and tourist destination and sophisticated tourists from other states and countries expect these services provided by disruptor businesses.The fact that Uber and Airbnb are so sucessful all over the world ,should tell us we need these types of surfaces.

shanghai said...

here here as ive said months ago yes months ago uber the way to go im going to dan murhys buying cases of of beer and set up a stall and make $1 a beer to anyone roll up roll up to shanghais beer stall why care about rules and regulations cmon teenagers roll up what u want smoko ? yeah I love free enterprise too ? I cant wait to see the taxis of cans blockading the airport like the cabbies in paris over uber yeah its all good till to your daughter gets raped in an unregested car to jalior on day release borrowing his mate car yeah bring it on sometimes the government got it right

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai did you say, This is the first post that i 100% agree with you on HB.

shanghai said...

there's already been dramas o/s with uber cabs but in Australia firstly you have to change rego from private to business, car over pits every 6 months, 0% alcohol because public vehicle, get airport access cards $4 a pop, have a q number, have release mechanism in boot just in case , cleaning facilities in case people get sick yes it happens oh I love being a uber cabbie already and if uber are serious how about compensation no mention of that and over to our elected members I dare say the silence will be deafening

Anonymous said...

And another great thing with Uber would be that a ride to the airport would be even cheaper still, as there would be none of the extra bullshit fees that cabs charge to go in and out of the airport. With Uber, it's the same as getting dropped off in a private car ! Also none of the bullshit waiting time while stopped at traffic lights or roadworks. And with any luck, no poorly speaking migrants behind the wheel!

shanghai said...

above your a wanker those bullshit charges are a fact of life in cans and we agree with you but we have to absorbed it and pass it on welcome to ozstralia $3 for a trolley,$4 cab charge at airport ,and we don't open or check in till 2 pm handy if you arrive at 4am go to asia and its open 25 hrs a day not us this is ozstralia the most expensive third country in the world lets all crawl with our hands cupped to Brisbane/Canberra can I have more $$$ if any, fire up cans ps where's my aquarium ?

Anonymous said...

The cockhead pollies won't speak in favour of it. Why would they when tax payers foot the bill for all their taxi rides?

Ken svay said...

I hate Cairns taxis. I got a taxi from the airport to Westcourt on Sunday night, it cost over $30, the driver got lost and he smelled. Well past time for Uber to sort this out. I cant wait.

Zain Khan said...

I agree, Cairns should embrace this new technology and new-modern ways of being a tourist. If taxi drivers disagree with it, they can join the new craze. It's time Cairns stepped up its game, come on, we need to get out of our rocking chairs and embrace the new era of technology and society.

manroop singh said...

Where is uber payong tax and gst?
Mite be cheaper but u will pay in the long run ....
The government is putting the gst to 15% soon...
These corporates will make u pay more when it draws all the money from this country...

CC Media said...

wHEN IS IT ALL GOING TO HAPPEN FOR cAIRNS iAM ALL SIGNED UP AND APPROVED AS A DRIVER?