UBER drivers may be forced to install cameras in their private cars to record passengers under a raft of legal changes recommended by Queensland Parliament.
They include a statewide register of black-banned drivers, rules stopping drivers pulling double shifts in taxis and then in an Uber, and a review of whether security cameras are needed in private cars.
A parliamentary committee recommended that proposed laws to police the taxi and ridesharing industry pass Parliament but also made 16 recommendations to alter the legislation as the industry continues to fight over whether new regulations are fair.
Many relate to increased safety, including making companies report when a driver has been sacked and the reason to a statewide register that other companies can search when hiring.
Maximum shifts and maximum driver hours for specified periods are suggested to manage fatigue amid claims drivers are pulling double shifts working as both taxi and Uber drivers in the same day.
One of the most contentious areas related to the use of cameras, with Labor committee chair Shane King conceding not all members agreed that Ubers and limousines be allowed to operate without and passengers could choose taxis if they wanted the security feature.
The committee therefore recommended a review after 18 months.
“If the review shows there is a higher risk profile in vehicles without cameras, the Minister (should) consider introducing a requirement for security cameras in every vehicle used in the personalised transport industry,” the report says.
Other recommendations include requiring drivers to hold a Queensland drivers licences and the publication of the numbers of defective taxis and rideshare cars identified during routine inspections.
And the committee backed a proposed annual fee for Uber drivers of $237.26 — despite claims it would stop thousands of drivers signing up.
Main Road Minister Mark Bailey said he was still to consider the report.