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Hugh G

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I've had a few riders on the Sunshine Coast ask me to "could you come back later to give me a return ride for cash".

When I explained that that they can only get rides from operators who have a Booking Entity Authorisation ( https://personalisedtransport.tmr.qld.gov.au/booking-entity-authorisation ) they seem perplexed. Once I explained these rides are illegal and all insurance coverage etc is off they get it.

Several riders have commented the some of our cricket loving drivers are not only touting for a cash return fare, but also handing out cards with their mobile numbers.

Yesterday afternoon at the airport 40 km per hour zone I was nearly run off the road by a vehicle screaming up behind me, then sitting right on my bumper, trying to pass.

Into the passenger pickup area he scurried, quicker than Sachin Tendulkar diving for his crease, I saw him pick up a nice couple who obviously weren't from his neck of the woods, not a stump nor a cricket bat to be seen, just a few suitcases he started loading.

No rideshare sticker displayed and with the boot up could not see his number plate, I went round again and came up behind and got the number plate.

To my surprise it was not a rideshare, more to my surprise - he was transporting passengers in a vehicle where the rego had expired!


Bad luck if he had an accident, he'd probably be in the first plane back to the motherland, just in time to see the finish

Let the games begin!
 
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Golfer

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I've had a few riders on the Sunshine Coast ask me to "could you come back later to give me a return ride for cash".

When I explained that that they can only get rides from operators who have a Booking Entity Authorisation ( https://personalisedtransport.tmr.qld.gov.au/booking-entity-authorisation ) they seem perplexed. Once I explained these rides are illegal and all insurance coverage etc is off they get it.

Several riders have commented the some of our cricket loving drivers are not only touting for a cash return fare, but also handing out cards with their mobile numbers.

Yesterday afternoon at the airport 40 km per hour zone I was nearly run off the road by a vehicle screaming up behind me, then sitting right on my bumper, trying to pass.

Into the passenger pickup area he scurried, quicker than Sachin Tendulkar diving for his crease, I saw him pick up a nice couple who obviously weren't from his neck of the woods, not a stump nor a cricket bat to be seen, just a few suitcases he started loading.

No rideshare sticker displayed and with the boot up could not see his number plate, I went round again and came up behind and got the number plate.

To my surprise it was not a rideshare, more to my surprise - he was transporting passengers in a vehicle where the rego had expired

Bad luck if he had an accident, he'd probably be in the first plane back to the motherland, just in time to see the finish

Let the games begin!
Franco would be proud of you :smiles:
Funny I've only checked once , and " direct hit" uber stickers on, but Purpose of use Private, :rolleyes:
but at least mine was registered.
 

Thing

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amazing what people will do to save a few $$$...

Save 10 bucks here & there, then.... bang.... life turns into an expensive nightmare for decades because you're in a crash with no insurance cover by the driver...
 

Pen

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I've had a few riders on the Sunshine Coast ask me to "could you come back later to give me a return ride for cash".

When I explained that that they can only get rides from operators who have a Booking Entity Authorisation ( https://personalisedtransport.tmr.qld.gov.au/booking-entity-authorisation ) they seem perplexed. Once I explained these rides are illegal and all insurance coverage etc is off they get it.

Several riders have commented the some of our cricket loving drivers are not only touting for a cash return fare, but also handing out cards with their mobile numbers.

Yesterday afternoon at the airport 40 km per hour zone I was nearly run off the road by a vehicle screaming up behind me, then sitting right on my bumper, trying to pass.

Into the passenger pickup area he scurried, quicker than Sachin Tendulkar diving for his crease, I saw him pick up a nice couple who obviously weren't from his neck of the woods, not a stump nor a cricket bat to be seen, just a few suitcases he started loading.

No rideshare sticker displayed and with the boot up could not see his number plate, I went round again and came up behind and got the number plate.

To my surprise it was not a rideshare, more to my surprise - he was transporting passengers in a vehicle where the rego had

Bad luck if he had an accident, he'd probably be in the first plane back to the motherland, just in time to see the finish

Let the games begin!
I hope you dob him in. Big fines for all of those offences.
 
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Ben Hall

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Several riders have commented the some of our cricket loving drivers are not only touting for a cash return fare, but also handing out cards with their mobile numbers.
Plenty of Aussie drivers do the same thing, see adelaide forums.
 

Keyringbling

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Anyone know a good way of recording booked trips once I have my BEA. Good software or app I can use? Kicking off in new financial year.
 

Hugh G

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It would appear that to work for this illegal operation your vehicle cannot be registered.

Another one of our cricket loving drivers dropping off at the Sunshine Coast Airport recently
 
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Lowestformofwit

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Just use an invoicing app ... that's your record of the job ... easy :smiles:
There’s some kind of pro-forma TMR sent out to show the details required for each quarter.
First one due end of July for the April-June quarter.
Can’t be arsed looking at it for another month - will create a ‘fictional masterpiece’ if necessary, then.
Nawdy - was it you mentioned this onerous BEA record keeping for TMR a little while back?
 
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Spursman

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Once I explained these rides are illegal and all insurance coverage etc is off they get it.
Sadly it's not just the members of the Mumbai Camry Club who are doing this. I spoke to another long serving driver who openly boasted about his long list of cash clients. He was unperturbed when I mentioned the insurance issue "I ll just say I was driving some mates" was his solution.

Desperate people do desperate things. To some extent the blame lays with Uber. The massive over supply of drivers and the subsequent dilution of the job pool could drive some people to take risks just to make ends meet.

Sad.
 

Bandy

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Anyone know a good way of recording booked trips once I have my BEA. Good software or app I can use? Kicking off in new financial year.
Mate, seriously, oober is a'Hobby' job, a between 'real job' situation, you're going to deep for crap...
 

Lowestformofwit

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Mate, seriously, oober is a'Hobby' job, a between 'real job' situation, you're going to deep for crap...
Maybe, maybe not, Bandy. Uber (or other app-booking mob) is definitely not full-time money for most, but...
If he can legally take return trips 'off-app', it mightn't take long to start taking forward trips the same way, and build up a regular clientele - at HIS prices.
BEA is $250 per year - not a lot to lose to see if there's any potential extra, viable earnings.
Look at Scottie's YVR in Melbourne - people obviously like a one-on-one with a reliable regular driver.
As long as he doesn't give up a regular job to try this.
 

Bandy

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Maybe, maybe not, Bandy. Uber (or other app-booking mob) is definitely not full-time money for most, but...
If he can legally take return trips 'off-app', it mightn't take long to start taking forward trips the same way, and build up a regular clientele - at HIS prices.
BEA is $250 per year - not a lot to lose to see if there's any potential extra, viable earnings.
Look at Scottie's YVR in Melbourne - people obviously like a one-on-one with a reliable regular driver.
As long as he doesn't give up a regular job to try this.
I see what yur saying LFOW, but realistically, Mate, seriously, oober is a'Hobby' job, a between 'real job' situation, you're going to deep for crap...
 

Nod73

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My “hobby” regularly makes me an extra $1000-$1300 a week driving night, much more at peak periods of the year
 
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