Uber strives to provide a range of mobility products to riders across Australia, enabling you to choose the right option for the journey at hand. From today, riders in Victoria can now select “Taxi” when booking their next trip in the Uber app, and a local taxi will pick them up. 

“We know people like choice when it comes to how they get around town, and with the addition of Taxi, riders can book a taxi for the trips where they would need or prefer one,” said Dom Taylor, Managing Director of Uber Australia & New Zealand. “We believe that working together, Uber and taxi provide consumers with more choice and flexibility while creating new earnings opportunities for taxi drivers across Victoria.”

Uber and taxi: better together

With Uber, every taxi ride taken will come with the magical experience riders have come to love about the platform: upfront and transparent pricing, in-app payment, Uber’s leading trip support and safety features (for example, GPS tracking and Share My Ride).

This change is part of a global effort to create a better experience and more options for riders while providing new, flexible earnings opportunities for taxi drivers. The data is clear that in cities around the world, taxi drivers are earning more when Uber trips are made available to them. 

The new Taxi product follows last month’s update to our vehicle requirements that gave taxi drivers access to the Uber platform and allows them to complete trips for products like Uber X. Now, booking a Taxi ride with Uber will guarantee a ride in a taxi vehicle.