The Courier-Mail

Get on board, this is reality


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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