Uber has extended its Local Cab service into two further UK towns. Mansfield and Stockton-on-Tees are the latest laces where passengers can book a trip with a local taxi company via the Uber app.
Anyone opening the Uber app in Mansfield will be presented with the Local Cab option, which connects them with local taxi firm ACE-ABC Taxis. Uber said its app was opened more than 6,500 times per month on average in the town. And in Stockton local taxi firm Skyline Taxis is the Local Cab partner. Uber claims almost 7,000 monthly app hits in the town.
The Local Cab service is a result of Uber’s acquisition of dispatch systems provider Autocab in August 2020. In order to extend the use of its app beyond the 40 UK towns and cities in which it currently operates, Uber is looking to work with local operators, and it is accessing these via Autocab’s iGo network, which has the potential to connect passengers with 80,000 private hire and taxi drivers in the UK.
Roger Krishan, managing director of ACE-ABC Taxis, said: “For anyone visiting Mansfield that already uses the Uber app, Local Cab will make it easy for them to book a ride with a local operator.” And Tahir Mahmood, managing director of Skyline Taxis, said: “This provides another way for customers to book with us.”
Ash Kebriti, UK General Manager, Uber, said: “The Local Cab pilot has proved to be a success for local operators, riders and local economies. Local operators have seen increased demand for trips and are now actively recruiting new drivers, which is having a positive impact on the local economy.”