CONTROVERSIAL company Uber says it could go some way to reducing unemployment rates in regional centres, but only if the State Government changes its laws.
An Uber spokesman has again dashed any hope the ridesharing company has plans to launch in the Garden City, but said it would be a viable way to give more jobs and solve unemployment and underemployment rates in Toowoomba.
The catch, however, is that the Palaszczuk Government must regulate the company before it starts operating locally, despite a sponsored advertisement popping up in social media feeds.
"We have no current plans to launch in regional Queensland or Toowoomba," a spokesman said.
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"However, we do know regional communities are suffering from underemployment and unemployment and believe they would benefit from having economic opportunities that ridesharing brings.
"We also have seen across many markets that having access to safe, reliable and affordable transport lowers incidences of drink driving - an issue that is particularly felt in regional communities across the country."
Uber has been operating in Queensland under a cloud of controversy and despite its critics, including taxi companies, claiming it is illegal, the company maintains it is merely unregulated.
The spokesman said it would not launch in regional areas in the state until the government revised the regulations.
"We urge (the) Queensland Government to follow the ACT and introduce sensible, safety-based ridesharing regulations to provide certainty to the thousands of ridesharing drivers and hundreds of thousands of riders in Queensland and remove any ambiguity.''
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