Uber insurance a genuine concern
YOUR story “Who’s takin’ us for a ride” ( C-M, Aug 29) shows the complexity of the so-called “sharing economy” and how pseudo taxi operator Uber, which claims it is not a taxi service but has “driver-partners” is a legal minefield waiting to go off.
Uber is not the be-all and end-all of customer satisfaction as your article highlighted.
That Uber has admitted to having to dump drivers that don’t measure up is testament that their claims of being a better service than normal taxis doesn’t pass the sniff test of reliability.
The one clear issue that does concern me, as a former taxi driver for over 15 years in Brisbane, is the issue of insurance in the event of a serious accident.
I would not like to be the first person who takes an Uber ride and is involved in a serious accident that results in some type of serious disability as a consequence.
That Uber can claim that their liability insurance, even without authorisation to operate in this state, is valid is clearly open to question.
While the taxi industry in Queensland is not perfect and is in need of reform, the question of whether Uber is the answer to taxi passengers’ woes is not cut and dried and the Palaszczuk Government clearly needs to address the issues of compliance in this industry for the safety of the public. Paul Henderson, Wynnum I READ with great dismay Craig James’ comments that families with children need to pay more tax to relieve the “tax burden” on childless families.
Families with children spend significant portions of their income raising the future generation who will not only be the ones looking after the childless as future retailers, doctors, nurses, police etc. but will be the future taxpayers that our country needs.
As loveable as dogs are, they aren’t ever going to get a job or pay tax! Kym Jewell, Bridgeman Downs LEAH DANNELL 46, HR officer, Ormeau I commute from the Gold Coast up to Brisbane every day, pay my tolls and still end up sitting in traffic to and from work – that’s pretty annoying if you ask me. JAMIE BLACKBURN 37, accountant, Augustine Heights Coming from Wales it was pretty strange to see lanes disappear on the right side of the road rather than the left.