Sydney Morning Herald reporter Laura Dymock says in the video link below "Uber says drivers are being fined but their not paying up. The company is telling it's drivers to contest the fines."
I unable to put the link in here but Google:
Uber attracts more car-less drivers as entrepreneurs buy up ride-share fleets
Text below video player also reads: Fines for drivers have doubled in Queensland but Uber is urging them not to pay as it vows to continue operating. 7 News Queensland
The usual fashion for Fairfax Media to add video files not directly related to the article is nothing new as the article relates to the risky leasing options out there. What concerned me the most though is the reporter had stated something Uber may have said, but the representative driver says Uber still pays the fines. Sorry Leeanne Clarry (Uber Driver) but I think Im going to have to go with what Uber apparently said about the fines.
Anyone go to Ubers "Sausage Sizzle" info meet today? Would love to know what they say how things will be. And exact wording they used e.g. "You will be busier on the road with the 20% price cut"
If they dont pay the fines, Uber wants its drivers to risk high fines while they:
- Over saturate the market with drivers (Hence the reason for the $200 driver referral ending soon)
- Pay 20% less on fares which you have to pay 10% GST on the full fare before the 20% Uber fee (Oh but you have more fares and work more to make the same amount or less)
- Marks on your driving record, restricting you to even try and get another driving related job because you'll lose your DA (Also means you cant do Uber anymore)
I was thrilled when Uber came to Brisbane, to allow me to run my tech start up business and still let me survive some what without sacrificing my dream to go to a full time job. I now face the reality that I have to postpone my dreams to work elsewhere to survive. Uber income is not something I think I'm entitled to make worker demands but Im disappointed that a great idea is almost good for the "drivers" because
- Politicians need to look like there doing something to keep their jobs (e.g. Katter clown)
- Uber General Manager of Australia is being pressed to grow rapid user numbers by Head office to keep his job
- Uber General Manager of Qld is being pressed to look good with growth analytics to keep his job
- etc etc
And so we have the people that lose the most, hard working Australians who dont want to go on centrelink to get benefits. Riders should know we are not buying diamond necklaces with how much drivers earn. And Uber doesnt pay for mints and water. The drivers do.
For new drivers there is a reason why they dont tell you the costs of applying, true tax obligations and what you really make per hour these days even before running costs. They are sales people, not Silicon Valley tech innovators. Same people who would recruit you to sell Kirby Vacuums door to door back in the day
Be smart people and always do your homework because Uber does not have drivers in their best interest. No driver would dare risk saying on the news the break down of it all. Drivers are a temporary necessity for future transport technologies.
Good luck paying that $2500+ fine and associated legal fees to fight it if you lose. Some solicitors can make guaranteed $100 per hour lol.
Good luck everyone and sorry for the long rant. Im just trying to survive like all of us in here and now have to adjust my plans to get where Im going. Uber wont really be mentioned in my autobiography is all lol.