Ridesharing adding to CBD congestion

The State’s peak motoring body has called for more investment to accommodate ride sharing in Brisbane City after it was reported Ubers were adding to congestion in the CBD.

Courier Mail reported hundreds of ridesharing vehicles had been spotted circling the streets waiting for bookings or dropping off and picking up passengers as they did not have enough set down areas or ranks to utilise.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the situation would only get worse when more operators enter the local market.

“Ridesharing isn’t going anywhere, and the industry is only going to increase,” Mr Turner said.

“Ubers aren’t able to use taxi ranks, and there aren’t enough drop off and pick up points around the city, so you’re left with these cars floating around the city wanting to pull up, or worse, using loading zones.”

Mr Turner said the situation meant freight traffic was restricted from using loading zones, and urged Brisbane City Council planners to tackle the problem as a priority in the new transport plan.

“We need easily identifiable locations where Ubers can safely pull up to collect and drop off passengers,” he said.

“More and more people are ditching cars and public transport in favour of ridesharing, so planners need to get with the times and adapt to new transport habits and traffic flows.”