Uber and other ride-sharing app services given OK to operate in South Australia in 2016

The new app-based ride-sharing services in South Australia contributed $1 a fare towards the compensation being offered to the taxi industry for the changes.

Ride-sharing services such as UberX, GoCatch, Ungogo and Oiii were given the OK to operate in South Australia from July 2016.

This followed the lead of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

All drivers and vehicles of these app-based services had to comply with driver accreditation, including police and working-with-children checks, as well as twice-yearly vehicle inspections.

The app-based services were based on connecting customers with drivers who use their own cars to provide transport. They use GPS to find a customer's location and connect them to the nearest driver.

Customers pay using the app and no cash is handled. The price is charged per minute or per kilometre plus a base fee, and can change depending on demand. Drivers must pass a background check, have insurance and a registered car.

Uber offers a range of service levels, the two most common being UberX, using drivers with their own car, and UberBlack, using high-end” black sedans with professional chauffeurs with a commercial licence and commercial auto insurance.

The new app-based ride-sharing services in South Australia contributed $1 a fare towards the compensation being offered to the taxi industry for the changes. Ride-booking services would have to meet stringent standards.

Uber and the state government were in dispute over these introductory arrangements.

Adelaide taxi fares rose by 3% from October 2016 and passengers paid an extra $2 per trip during peak periods on weekends to compensate drivers as new players entered the industry.

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