Uber has introduced the long expected UberTaxi option to the app. In addition to this, there is UberFlash; which combines both ride-sharing and taxi-hailing into the same fare-structure. Both options are already available for use in the Klang Valley, and should be expanded to the rest of the country in time.
UberTaxi is the result of the partnership with Gabungan that was signed not too long ago. Under this option, Uber users will be able to call for a regular taxi using the Land Public Transport Commission mandated fare structure. Essentially leaving Uber simply as a middleman to connect passengers with local taxi drivers.
However, taxi drivers using UberTaxi are expected to undergo the same background checks as regular Uber drivers. According to the company, this double round of vetting is to ensure the quality of the drivers provided.
Thus far, there are 200 taxis from Gabungan on the road. This pilot programme is expected to see 500 cabbies on UberTaxi; although both the ride-sharing company and taxi association expect to get as many drivers as possible on board.
UberFlash, on the other hand, brings taxi drivers on to the Uber platform itself. Under this, passengers will be matched with the nearest taxi or UberX driver. There’s no discrimination under this option, and passengers will simply be matched with the closest option.
Fares under UberFlash will be placed under the UberX fare structure; including those provided by taxis. This essentially means that people will be able get taxis on Uber prices. Fares will also be displayed up front for both types of vehicles.
Both UberFlash and UberTaxi are already available to the public. That said, Gabungan only has drivers in the Klang Valley at the moment; which limits the reach of the service for now.