Sunday 18 November, 2018

Uber is coming to T&T

Uber has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago.

The on-demand taxi service, which has changed the way people across the world are hiring taxis, will soon be operational in T&T.

The company has started an Uber Partners Trinidad and Tobago Facebook page and will hold consultations with potential partners on Saturday at Radisson Hotel in Port-of-Spain.

Uber, which started in California, as been hailed for its ability to put technology at the heart of an old system.

With Uber, users can book a taxi via a mobile app to any destination. All financial transactions take place via the app with the user's credit card.

Once booked, drivers, using their own cars and who are in the vicinity, can then opt to take the job.

Despite the growth of on-demand tech services thanks to Uber, the service, which is now in over 400 cities, has not been without its issues.

A recent fatal accident involving an Uber vehicle in Singapore has thrown the safety of private-hire car services into the spotlight there.

A column in the Straitstimes.com said the accident has raised concerns about private drivers who do not possess vocational licenses or go through training.

Other questions focus on whether private-hire cars are adequately insured to compensate passengers, or drivers, for injuries.

In Trinidad and Tobago, it is illegal for a person who is not a registered taxi driver to ply his car as a taxi.

Section 48:50 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act states: "No person shall drive on any road a taxi registered as such unless he is the holder of a taxi driver’s licence issued to him by the Licensing Authority under these Regulations."