Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Uber has announced the latest ‘Local Cab’ town by launching in Stockton-on-Tees, which will enable passengers in the area to book a trip with a local taxi company via the Uber app.
Following what is seen as a successful pilot of Local Cab earlier this year, which saw launches in six towns and cities across the UK, Uber is now quickly extending the service to other areas of the country.
Anyone opening the Uber app in Stockton-on-Tees will be presented with the Local Cab option, which connects them with local taxi firm Skyline Taxis.
Residents and visitors to Stockton-on-Tees had not previously been able to book a ride via Uber, despite the app being opened almost 7,000 times per month.
In order to meet growing demand for trips and 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.
The Local Cab offering allows Uber’s app to integrate with Autocab’s iGo network, which has the potential to connect passengers with 80,000 private hire and taxi drivers in the UK. The Local Cab pilot marked the first time the two technology companies have worked together since Uber reached an agreement to acquire Autocab in August 2020.
Tahir Mahmood, Managing Director at Skyline Taxis, said: “We’re proud to bring Local Cab to the people of Stockton-on-Tees. This provides another way for customers to book with us – and for anyone visiting Stockton-on-Tees that already uses the Uber app, Local Cab will make it easy for them to book a ride with a local operator.”
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. We are now excited to roll the product out to more towns and cities across the UK.”