Parliamentary committee rejects KAP's Uber bill

A QUEENSLAND parliamentary committee has not recommended the Katter's Australian Party bill regulating unlicensed taxis pass into law - but the party's leader has dubbed the report "contradictory".

The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee received more than 550 submissions regarding the KAP bill which suggested introducing demerit points for drivers caught driving unlicensed taxis.

But the committee recommended the bill not be agreed to, instead calling for existing laws be better enforced.

While the bill proposes one option for dealing with non-compliance by applying demerit points for offences, some stakeholders, including the Taxi Council Queensland acknowledge that, given the issues with locating and charging drivers operating outside the regulatory system, demerit points on their own may not improve the situation," the report said.

But KAP State Leader Robbie Katter said the report was "contradictory".

"We don't seem to be able to enforce our own laws we're making here in parliament," he said.

"We have an illegal taxi service that's got a number of concerns and having an impact on small business in this state that needs to be addressed."

Mr Katter said of the more than 550 submissions, only the RACQ submitted that demerit points would be inappropriate.

The RACQ argued demerit points were designed to encourage safe driving.

The report said a separate taxi review regarding Uber's legalisation was the appropriate place to consider the service's legality.

"The committee is of the view that the independent Personalised Transport Services Review currently being undertaken by Mr Jim Varghese AM is the appropriate mechanism for providing the government with recommendations regarding implementation of an efficient and effective regulatory framework for the industry," it stated.

Mr Katter said the KAP would be fast tracking debate on the bill and bring it to parliament within the next month.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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