Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth and MP for Mt Isa Robbie Katter.
Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth and MP for Mt Isa Robbie Katter. Facebook

Katter calls for Uber driver demerits to pass into law

MAJOR parties will see Robbie Katter's "face of anger" if they do not pass a bill that would penalise Uber drivers with demerit points as well as fines when they are caught.

Parliament is set to vote on the Katter's Australian Party bill on illegal taxi services this week.

The bill would cause Uber and illegal taxi drivers issued with demerit points along with fines. The KAP has previously expressed concern Uber was paying drivers' fines.

Mr Katter said he remained hopeful the major parties would support the bill.

"They'll see the face of anger if we don't get it up," he said.

"Like we said all along, this is about sending a message to all Queenslanders - you know pharmacy owners, hotel owners - that the government will be serious about enforcing the laws that we make in parliament.

"There are people who have lost hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, the same as a pharmacist would or a hotel owner would if the government decided to turn a blind eye."

But a committee review into the proposed laws called for existing laws to be better policed rather than demerit points to be issued.

A submission from the RACQ urged against introducing demerit points for Uber drivers.

A separate review is currently investigating whether Uber should be legalised in Queensland.

Mr Katter said he had no specific issue with Uber and was happy to support the service if the review declared it should be legalised.

"Let the review take its course, we can accept the umpire's decision there. But you can't go around running an illegal activity before then just because you know you've got deep enough pockets to challenge the government," he said. - ARM NEWSDESK


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