Uber finally legalized in Australia’s Queensland
SYDNEY – Australia’s Queensland government has finally given the green light to Uber to be legalized across the sunshine state, Fairfax Media reported on Thursday.
The newspaper reported that while Uber will be made legal, its drivers will face more regulations including background checks to match its already established taxi industry.
At present, Queensland and Northern Territory are the last two states in Australia yet to have legalized Uber. The ride-sharing services are free to operate in New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Tasmania and Western Australia.
However, despite the illegality, Uber has recently launched a maxi-cab style service in Queensland known as UberXL in June. The service allows parties of up to six people into one car, and is claimed to be 30-percent cheaper than current traditional “maxi-taxis” found in the state. (PNA/Xinhua)