We've previously come out in favour of government support for ridesharing app Uber in Australia.
Governments and regulators across Australia continue to careen from attacks on Uber, to tepid support of the service. This despite the fact that Uber is operating in all the Australian capital cities without ANY regulation from ANYONE.
This is an untenable situation that is allowing Uber and their drivers to operate in an unsafe way.
The fact is that much of the taxi regulation system is just a giant monopoly designed to protect the lack of competition in short-distance transport. In Cairns, this protection along with a grossly inadequate public transit system is all it takes to ensure we all get gouged.
But the lack of reasonable action by government to ensure reasonable regulation of this service has left the Uber to self-regulate, always a recipe for disaster. Case in point:
This video was posted by some drunken hos out Gold Coast barhopping last night with their "Uber" driver.
This Uber driver is one Thalia Cottis, owner of (unregistered) business Hair by Thalia, and clearly full-time Uber party car driver. There is no suggestion she's been boozing. Which even more sharply draws into question her intellect. Who does this while driving??
Anna Palaszczuk and her government, having fully rejected the moniker "Smart State", are in full bureaucrat mode with endless studies underway instead of reasonable actions to regulate this service.. How can anyone dream of being a technology-driven state if government can't even get on board with the dynamic transport changes underway across the world?
Time to get with the program, Anna.
And Uber needs to get rid of their "party drivers" and find someone that's interested in keeping their eyes on the road.