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The Queensland government have announced that Uber, and other ride sharing services, will be legalised in the state from the 5th September 2016.
Premier Anna Palaszczuk is calling it a levelling of the playing field giving other company’s in the market a chance against a service that has never before been rivalled in Queensland.
To offset the changes to the current taxi services laws, the government will be cutting through a substantial amount of red tape for cab drivers and provide a $100 million assistance package which will include a one off payment of $20,000.
A fund for taxi drivers who are finding it difficult to make a living, will be given access to the “hardship fund” the Qld government will provide under certain circumstances. The fund consists of $26.7 million dollars.
The Palaszczuk government were contacted but did not provide comment.