Uber drivers hit with almost $200,000 in new fines
UBER is continuing to help top up the state's coffers, with another 171 drivers fined for operating with the service in Brisbane in the past six months.
That netted the state $191,431 in fines, on top of the more than $1.7 million the Department of Transport fined Uber drivers the year before.
But it still pales in comparison to the collective value of taxi licences to the state, which last month was valued at $1,345,658,054. That $1.3 billion figure does not include vehicle or equipment costs and only takes into account the value of taxi licences to the state.
Uber drivers have been fined since a cease and desist order was issued by the Newman Government in May last year.
But the rate of drivers being fined is dramatically declining. In the year following the cease and desist order, the state issued 538 drivers a total of 1536 fines.
In the months since April 2015, the Department has issued just 171 fines, with 126 paying the infringement notice, 44 electing to try their luck in court and one still to be finalised. In the last month, no Uber driver was fined.