Twenty-first century ride share provider Uber has travelled back in time to deliver a message to the Queensland government. It’s part of the company’s campaign for legitimacy as MPs prepare for a crucial vote on the issue.
Ashleigh Whittaker reports.
This is Uber’s second attempt to get letters from their customers to the Premier’s Office and this time they’re not horsing around.
Uber’s Queensland GM today hand delivered more than 15,000 letters on behalf of impassioned customers.
Sam Bool, Uber Queensland GM: “These letters are from everyday Queenslanders.”
Uber says using a horse and cart was representative of the way the government thinks about transport.
It comes after the ride sharing service last month urged its users to send emails to the Queensland Government asking the Premier to vote against legislation that penalises Uber drivers.
The Katter Party legislation saw more than 10,000 emails sent in 24 hours to the State Government’s inbox.
But they soon bounced back as the government allegedly enabled an automated blocking system.
Uber slammed the move as undemocratic sparking today’s unique delivery method.
Sam Bool, Uber Queensland GM: “What we want to see is sensible safety based legislation, like what we’ve seen in both New South Wales and the ACT, which many states are now looking at.”
Treasurer Curtis Pitt was unwilling to speculate on the outcome of the review.
Curtis Pitt, Queensland Treasurer: “This is about getting some sort of balance where we can have a co-existence because it is the technology that is on the march but we don’t want to disadvantage our taxi industry at the same time.”
A review into the ride sharing service industry is set to be handed down in August.
But Premier Palaszczuk would like it as early as July.
Until then, Uber remains illegal in Queensland.
Illegal, but still operating.
Ashleigh Whittaker, QUT News.