RACQ: Motoring group has no plans to enter ride-sharing
A recent news story quoted an RACQ spokesperson as saying that RACQ was considering entering the ride sharing industry.
This is not correct. RACQ has no plans to enter the ridesharing industry.
RACQ , as Queensland's largest club, would of course never rule out entering ride sharing, car sharing or any other sort of sharing industry involvement in the future.
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We were also up front about this possibility in our submission to the State Government.
However, we have no current intention, plans or expectation of entering the ridesharing industry, which we believe will become more competitive in Queensland now the State Government announced it will be legalised.
RACQ is focused on its proposed merger with QT Mutual Bank and its Market Led Proposal with the Queensland Government to purchase the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre and on providing the very best in member services to its 1.6 million Queensland members, including roadside, insurance, travel and lifestyle products such as cheap movie and theme park tickets and Show Your Card and Save.
More than enough to keep us busy.
While we understand the passion and commitment of those in the taxi industry who are angry with our support of ridesharing, it was the overwhelming desire of our members (more than 80 per cent of those surveyed) that they be allowed the legal choice between a taxi or a ridesharing vehicle offered by companies like Uber.
That, and the fact that more competition means a cheaper, more flexible and ultimately safer transport system for Queensland, is why RACQ supported the legalisation of ridesharing.
There was no other reason, no hidden agenda, no secret plan.
RACQ believes there is a strong future for both ridesharing and the taxi industry in Queensland.
RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy