Uber compensation offered to person with no taxi licence
A SUNCOAST Cabs staff member who had never held a taxi licence was sent an application for $40,000 of government Uber compensation, the Queensland Opposition has revealed in parliament.
Deputy Opposition leader Deb Frecklington tabled the letter and pre-filled application form in parliament on Thursday.
Ms Frecklington said the letter for $40,000 compensation was sent to a Suncoast Cabs staff member who did not hold a taxi licence and never had.
Taxi licence holders are able to apply for $20,000 in compensation for each licence they hold - capped at two licences.
Ms Frecklington questioned how many compensation applications had been sent to the wrong people.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would investigate the letter but called it a "one=off”.
"I'm more than happy to have a look at that letter,” she said.
"If it has been sent in error, I apologise to that person.
"I will look at the details of the letter and we will get back to the person.”
Ms Palaszczuk used the question to defend her government's $100 million package to the taxi industry to compensate for the legalisation of ride-sharing including through apps such as Uber.