Qld taxi drivers demand govt Uber action

Angry taxi drivers have demanded action on illegal ridesharing services in Queensland, taking over a public cabinet forum.

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NSW taxi drivers who've lost business to Uber are eligible for government compensation grants. (AAP)

Irate taxi drivers demanding a crackdown on ridesharing service Uber have dominated a community forum in Brisbane that allows members of the public to question Queensland ministers.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her ministers held a community cabinet in Dakabin in Brisbane's north on Sunday.

Most of the questions from the audience were from angry drivers demanding the government crack down on ridesharing services like Uber, which are yet to be legalised in the state.

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"Why are you not enforcing the law?" one driver asked the premier to thunderous applause.

The premier replied that it was up to the police, not the government, to enforce the laws.

She said the government was working on a comprehensive strategy to deal with the issue, which would be released in August.

The angry horde of drivers also bailed up Police Minister Bill Byrne, Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, demanding action.

Jagdeep Singh, from the Queensland Taxi Owners and Drivers Welfare Association, said the group of more than a dozen drivers were within their rights to be upset.

"They're all just passing the buck," Mr Singh said.

"We want something done now because our businesses, our families, our mortgages and our kids' educations are crumbling right now."

The community cabinet will continue in the Pine Rivers region on Monday, ensuring an increased government focus on the area's needs.

The government on Sunday announced a rail options plan to improve Dakabin train station and provided $340,000 for a new State Emergency Services headquarters to be built in Murrumba Downs.


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Published 6 March 2016 at 3:46pm
Source: AAP