Watch where you drop – Uber users warned
The State’s peak motoring body has warned drivers and ride-sharing users to only use allocated passenger zones across the Brisbane CBD, to avoid being fined.
The current laws only allow taxis to park and drop off passengers in ranks, with ride-sharing users only allowed to use two-minute passenger loading zones.
The Gold Coast Bulletin recently reported Gold Coast Uber driver Amber-Yvonne Harris was left outraged after being handed a $120 fine for dropping a passenger off in a Broadbeach bus and taxi zone.
RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said there was no excuse for drivers to stop illegally, with more than 100 passenger loading zones across Brisbane City alone.
“These two-minute passenger drop off zones are scattered across the CBD, allowing motorists to legally stop for a short amount of time,” Ms Ritchie said.
“These zones can be used by ride-share drivers and motorists alike, and will not attract a fine as is the case in bus or taxi zones.
“With taxis, buses and delivery vehicles all competing for room, loading space in the city is at a premium and while there are currently an appropriate number of passenger set down and pick up spaces, this should be regularly reviewed and updated depending on need.”