Lonely Planet Writer

Christchurch locals can catch a ride with Uber for the first time

Uber launched its service in Christchurch at the weekend, allowing locals for the first time to download the app for rides in the city.

Christchurch is the latest city to welcome Uber into its streets
Christchurch is the latest city to welcome Uber onto its streets Image by Jocelyn Kinghorn / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Uber brand has become the rival of local taxis and its sharing of fares has proved very popular with customers. It has successfully penetrated over 400 cities across the globe and its popularity continues to grow because of its unique position in catering to supply and demand, leading to cheaper fares. The company said its ridesharing service would give residents and visitors new possibilities when travelling around Christchurch.

Uber services have been shown to cost less because unlike taxis it can carry more than one fare at the same time and isn't subject to the same level of regulation
Uber services have been shown to cost less because unlike taxis drivers are not as restricted by the same level of regulation Image by Joakim Formo / CC BY 2.0

According to the New Zealand Herald, Uber says people can go out for a glass of wine without worrying over excessive taxi costs. It added that small business firms no longer have to be near transport hubs to get a proper service. Uber says that Cantabrians and the local economy will benefit positively, making it a more vibrant and better connected place.

An economic study of the Uber phenomenon has found that its premise beats more traditional taxi formats due to the way they share rides. A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research says that the driver-passenger matching technology, on top of the flexibility it allows drivers, gives it a major advantage in keeping the meters ticking.