Uber is more popular than taxis in Perth



Rod Chester, PerthNow

April 30, 2017 1:30am

PERTH is the first city in Australia where Uber is now more popular than

taxis, new research reveals.

Research by Roy Morgan found one in four people (24 per cent) in Perth

have taken an Uber in the past three months, compared with 22 per cent

who have caught a cab.

Melbourne is close behind, with 22 per cent of people having recently

booked an Uber, ahead of 16 per cent in Brisbane, 14 per cent in Sydney

and Adelaide on 10 per cent.

The number of Uber trips taken across the country has rocketed to 3.8

million trips per month.

While Uber is ahead of the taxi industry in Perth, nationally taxis are

still more popular.

In the past three months, 22 per cent of Aussies have caught a cab

compared with 14 per cent who have taken an Uber.

The number of Aussies using Uber has more than doubled in a year, from

1.16 million, or 6 per cent of the population, a year ago to 2.69

million, or 14 per cent, now.

Uber, which has 400,000 users in Perth, is against a proposal being

considered by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to impose a $2 a trip fee

paid by passengers to fund compensation for taxi plate owners.

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