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  Reply # 1249065 1-Mar-2015 22:45
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Has anyone ridden in an Uber that doesn't have a taxi licence displayed though? 

Every one of them I've been in had had the licence out on their dash like a regular taxi.






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  Reply # 1249067 1-Mar-2015 22:49
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^ from what I read in NZ they have to have their P license with photo displayed.




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  Reply # 1249096 1-Mar-2015 23:38
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tardtasticx: Every one of them I've been in had had the licence out on their dash like a regular taxi.

Specific answer: This is not a taxi licence (as above).

Uber is not a taxi company and does not operate as an approved taxi organisation (ATO).

In NZ all drivers with a p endorsement are police vetted. Uber drivers must have a p endorsement.

The ATO in theory provides an additional level of protection for consumers on top of that process. Uber in common with other private hire like limousine etc does not have that.

Edit: removed some additional description as it was becoming an article and already covered in the linked thread on page one.

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Here are the items on wrote on Uber Auckland's launch and Uber Wellington launch for those interested.

Overall I've been impressed with Uber - especially when I'm travelling overseas.

Some downsides such as getting vehicles outside CBD areas can take longer or in some areas there is rarely an Uber available. But in those cases I revert to a taxi if needed.






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  Reply # 1253477 8-Mar-2015 17:53
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kiwijunglist:
gzt:
kiwijunglist: From the customers perspective it is pretty much a taxi service, and serves as a cheaper and more convenient stand in to regular taxis.

This perspective is kind of incorrect. Demand pricing is a major component of the business model. If your perspective is that it is always cheaper than a taxi service then you might be surprised.


Yes, but I think I wouldn't  be surprised, because I believe  a pop up comes up warning you of the higher priced fare?  Is this correct?

I personally do not know the answer, I have not yet used the service, but the recent (month or two ago) Herald articles indicated no warning. According to one of those you must specifically click the 'fare estimate' button otherwise you are not going to know high demand pricing until completion.

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