Brisbane Uber driver attacked by woman with machete: police

December 24, 2015

Kim Stephens

Journalist

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A teenager charged with assaulting an Uber driver with a machete in Brisbane claims she acted in self-defence.

Kiara Turner, 17, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday after she allegedly pulled the blade on a 37-year-old Uber driver during a carjacking attempt.

Ms Turner was refused bail despite allegedly telling police the driver attacked her first, with Magistrate Jason Schubert commenting on her “appalling” criminal history.

A Brisbane Uber driver was attacked early Thursday.

A Brisbane Uber driver was attacked early Thursday.

EARLIER

A 17-year-old woman allegedly attacked an Uber driver in the head with a machete in Brisbane’s north early Thursday, before attempting to steal his car.

The 37-year-old driver was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with a serious head injury following the incident, which occurred in Bridgeman Downs, about 16 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD at 12.30am.

Police will allege the man picked up the teenager in Zillmere but later realised she wasn’t the person who had ordered the ride.

Police were called to nearby Fairhaven Street a short time later, where they found both the driver and the passenger out of the car and the man with a cut to his head.

A machete was found nearby.

The teenager, from Torquay in Hervey Bay, has been charged with attempted robbery with violence and assault occasioning bodily harm.

She is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

The Uber driver, from Runcorn, is in a stable condition.

The alleged attack comes nearly three months after Uber drivers were targeted in a spate of assaults, allegedly inflicted by taxi drivers.

The attacks were a dramatic escalation in ongoing tensions between Uber and the taxi industry, with Uber having being subjected to a high profile publicity campaign paid for by taxi companies that attacked its legality and its safety record.

With AAP

 

Source : Brisbane Times

 

Uber axes flat rate between Central Business District and Sydney Airport

Uber axes flat rate between CBD and Sydney Airport

 

Uber rides between Sydney’s CBD and the airport will no longer be capped at a flat rate as of Monday 13 April, while charges for Uber Black, Luxe and SUV Lux services will also rise slightly.

The chauffeur-drive service has previously worked to a fixed $65 rate for trips between the CBD and Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals, and $75 for the slightly longer run to the international terminal.

Uber passengers will now be billed according to the full trip comprising of a base fare, minimum fare plus per-kilometre and per-minute charges.

The Uber wesbite estimates that a ride from Bridge Street in the Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport’s domestic Qantas or Virgin Australia terminals will now cost as much as $73 if you call an Uber Black town car, or up to $96 in an Uber Lux or Uber SUV vehicle.

A trip to the T1 international terminal comes in only slightly higher, ranging from $75 to $97.

The per-kilometre charges for Uber Black will also rise from $2.40/km to $2.90/km from 13 April, and from $3.15/km to $4.50/km for Uber Lux and Uber SUV.

Lux and SUV rides will also see an increase in the base fare from $19 to $20, while the the minimum fare will bump up from $25 to $30.

“With these changes expect to see higher vehicle standards and more cars on the road when you need them most” Uber says in regard to the higher charges.

Get a discount on your first Uber ride

As before, new Uber customers in Sydney (or anywhere else for that matter) can sign up for the service at uber.com and enter the special Australian Business Traveller promotion code of uberAusBT to add $10 free Uber credit to their account, which will count against your first paid ride in an Uber car.

(Disclaimer: we’ll also pick up $10 of Uber credit when you take that ride, so it’s a win-win.)

 

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