Don't risk it: Dial-A-Driver’s Rob Braddock (left) and Ash Leeson have expanded to Maryborough.
Don't risk it: Dial-A-Driver’s Rob Braddock (left) and Ash Leeson have expanded to Maryborough. Jocelyn Watts

Fraser Coast driving service willing to work with Uber

HERVEY Bay's Dial a Driver founder Robert Braddock says he is willing to work with, not fight against, the popular ridesharing company Uber if it arrives on the Fraser Coast.  

Mr Braddock said he would consider incorporating Uber into his own company, to adapt to Queensland legislation changes being put in place, officially legalising Uber, from September 5.  

"[The legislation changes] will actually open the door for us to sneak in and use the Uber system through the day if we wish to proceed with that, I'm thinking about that idea," Mr Braddock said.  

Mr Braddock said he did have concerns about Uber moving to the region and creating business competition, but said it could also be an opportunity for Dial a Driver.  

"It'll open the door for lots of other people who think they can do it, but we already have a foot in the door," he said.   Uber spokesman Caspar Nixon said the app-based business had no plans to arrive on the Fraser Coast in the near future, but claimed a "huge demand" for the service in the region.  

"In places like Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, ridesharing is already helping alleviate pressure on the existing transport network," Mr Nixon said.  

"Ridesharing offers regional residents the opportunity to earn some extra cash with the flexibility and dignity that comes with being their own boss."  

He said if Uber did expand to the Fraser Coast, it would help curb the high rate of unemployment.  

"Ridesharing can help create much-needed economic opportunities for local residents, giving them the opportunity to earn a well paid and flexible income on their terms," he said.