The Courier-Mail

Get on board, this is reality

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UBER driver Jen has taken to the road while she gets her career path back on track.

Sacked during the Newman government’s purge of public servants, the Brisbane 50-something has been working for the ride-share firm since April to generate income as she applies for new jobs.

“It’s a lovely job,’’ she said. Initially wary about who she might pick up, Jen says “every single rider has been a gem”.

As a driver-partner, Jen (pictured) pays Uber 20 per cent of her fares and is responsibl­e for her own taxes and so on.

Jen said she felt for taxi drivers who were taking a “direct hit’’ on their market share from Uber, but the government had a responsibi­lity to ensure the regulation­s reflected the modern reality of the market.

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