Taxi wait times prompt a travel rethink

Will we see Uber take service in Fremantle?
Will we see Uber take service in Fremantle?

With apps like Uber, which allows people who need a ride to link with a private driver for a lower fee than a taxi, already operating out of Perth’s western and central suburbs, there are more options available for Fremantle’s late-night patrons than the traditional long wait for a taxi.

City of Fremantle Corporate Services director Glen Dougall said the city acknowledged people still faced issues getting home after a night out and that they were working with the Taxi Council and Public Transport Authority to try to reduce it.

‘We’re also hopeful the newly-introduced ID scanning device at the Henderson Street taxi rank will attract more taxis into Fremantle and ease peak taxi waiting times,’ he said.

‘Feedback from the public and the taxi industry on this new initiative has been positive to date.

‘We don’t know a lot about the Uber service, but as with any option that provides a safe and legal means for people to move around more efficiently and sustainably, then the city is generally supportive.’

An Uber spokesperson said they did not currently have plans to launch in Fremantle, but that it sounded like the service would be a ‘great fit’ for the area.