The Courier-Mail

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.

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