John Winston

$100 million handout for taxi industry not enough

THE $100 million hand-out being given to Queensland's taxi and limousine industry to soften the blows caused by ride-sharing start-up Uber, is not big enough, according to a transport committee.

The Parliament's Transport and Utilities Committee has made 30 recommendations on a bill which included the plan to deliver the taxi industry the $100 million "Industry Adjustment Assistance Package".

Fairfax reports one of those recommendations is to push up that financial help.

"(The committee) is recommending the government consider increasing the $100 million allocation to the assistance package through the urgent introduction of a relatively substantial annual licence fee (for booked hire services)," it wrote.

The committee also called for all ride-sharing vehicles to install cameras, that it be tamper-proof and available for at least three months.

Committee chair Shane King thanked the taxi industry for following laws and regulations "during what has been a very difficult time for them".

Since being made legal earlier this year, despite operating unlawfully prior, Uber drivers have sprung up across the south.

Uber now operates services in Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane.



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