Taxi drivers furious at the threat posed by the largely unregulated 'Uber' drivers
Taxi drivers furious at the threat posed by the largely unregulated 'Uber' drivers John Winston

Taxi drivers demand Uber action

THE taxi industry along Australia's eastern seaboard have upped the ante in their battle with ride-sharing company Uber, which it claimed had engaged in illegal and unethical corporate behaviour.

The app-based Uber, which has ignored cease-and-desist orders from the Queensland government and raised the ire of other states, most recently South Australia, was presented as public enemy number one at the Taxi Council of Queensland's annual conference on Tuesday.

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Transport Minister Scott Emerson issued the cease and desist order against Uber in May, but the company continued to operate, resulting in several fines being issued to drivers.

Reflecting the mood of taxi industry members at the conference, many of whom expressed concern about the "threat" of Uber, TCQ chief executive Benjamin Wash said he expected more of the same from the government.

"It's really incumbent on the government to operate in a level playing field and enforce the regulations they've put in place, as they do on us," Mr Wash said.

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