Controversial smartphone app Uber has struggling taxi drivers moonlighting for them, according to the New Zealand Taxi Federation.
Uber has its official launch in Wellington this afternoon even though it has been used in Wellington for the past couple of months. It was launched in Auckland earlier this year.
Uber allows registered drivers with their own cars to link up with customers through a smartphone app, with fares pre-agreed.
Federation executive director Roger Heale said they “were kind of enjoying” Uber being in New Zealand.
“The people who are driving for them are the taxi drivers who can’t get work anywhere else. They’re current taxi drivers who, if they get a job have to jump out, take the top sign off [the cab], and go around and do the job as an Uber driver.” …
Uber spokeswoman Katie Curran said they were “thrilled with the reception” they had received in Auckland and Wellington from riders and partner-drivers.
“We’re glad the Taxi Federation recognises that Uber is raising the standards of the for-hire transport industry.”
Good to see the NZ taxi industry not being hysterically opposed to new technology and business models, as some of their overseas counterparts have been.