Cab­bies to blitz MPs over Uber

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JASON TIN

THOU­SANDS of Queens­land taxi driv­ers are be­ing urged to bom­bard their MPs with letters and use their per­sonal so­cial media ac­counts to take on ride- shar­ing app Uber as the in­dus­try war in­ten­si­fies.

The Taxi Coun­cil of Queens­land has been arm­ing its mem­bers with a bat­tle plan dubbed TCQ Cam­paign Phase II. The pub­li­ca­tion in­cludes no fewer than four tem­plate letters to send to MPs, with vary­ing ver­sions to tar­get La­bor MPs, LNP mem­bers and cross­benchers.

Taxi own­ers are asked to write to their lo­cal MP and or­gan­ise a meet­ing.

The Taxi Coun­cil says it wants to raise aware­ness of “the dan­gers of illegal taxi ser­vices” while Uber says it can cre­ate thou­sands of jobs and that there is a clear dis­tinc­tion be­tween rideshare ser­vices and taxis.

The Taxi Coun­cil’s bat­tle strat­egy doc­u­ment in­cludes the con­tact de­tails of ev­ery state elec­torate of­fice to make it eas­ier for driv­ers to write to them.

They are also en­cour­aged to write to news­pa­pers and news web­sites and post com­ments on online news sto­ries about taxi and Uber- re­lated is­sues.

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