Taxpayers pay $1.2 million a week in taxi compensation
More than $1.2 million a week has so far been provided to taxi and limousine operators in Queensland as part of a $100 million assistance package to an industry under siege from ride-sharing.
Ride-sharing services, such as Uber, became legal in Queensland on Monday.
Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said $4.3 million in “immediate financial relief” had been provided to traditional taxi and limousine operators since August 11 “through the waiving of service licence renewal fees, taxi industry security levy payments and driver authorisation renewal fees”.
Although now legal in Queensland, the ride-sharing industry would be heavily regulated.