Uber has announced that six more private hire operators in the Greater Manchester region have signed up to its Local Cab service.
The service allows Uber app users to book trips with a local operator. Last month a number of major Manchester fleets, including Street Cars and Tameside Taxis, joined the service, which connects fleets that use Autocab’s iGo service with Uber.
Now six more operators have signed up, so anyone opening the Uber app in Bury, Bolton, Burnage, Oldham and Timperley can select the Local Cab option, alongside regular Uber options UberX and UberXL.
The six operators are Metro Cars in Bolton, Kingsway Cars in Burnage, Elton Farebay in Bury, Cresta Cars in Manchester, Z Cars in Oldham and Passenger Cars in Timperley.
Since the company’s successful pilot of Local Cab last year, the product has launched in a further 24 locations across the UK.
Fiaz Khan, director at Elton Farebay, said:
“We feel that now, more than ever, a product like Local Cab is needed – with demand for taxis continuing to rise and passengers in need of more options.”
Ray Tandy, owner of Passenger Cars, said: “The partnership with Uber is also enabling us to provide further job opportunities to our drivers and we hope it will attract new recruits to join our fleet.”
Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, added: “We were thrilled to launch Local Cab in Manchester earlier this month – rolling it out further across Greater Manchester was the natural next step. This will help to maximise earnings opportunities for more drivers and provide passengers living across the city region with greater choice when booking a ride.”