Uber services are well established in Auckland and Wellington cities of New Zealand.The company is planning to test its ride sharing services in Christchurch for the first time in New Zealand.
Uber has requested the government of New Zealand a three-month trial period in Christchurch.The trail is carried out to give the the authorities a better picture on regulating ride-sharing services and to gain further approval in expanding into New Zealand.
The ride sharing services is already regulated and available in various parts of the globe.In this services the driver can operate in part time and can be without complete liscensing as a taxi driver.
The process to become a full time Uber driver takes around $1500 and 12 weeks whereas a part time driver requires 6 days and $20 to register as a part time driver.
This has raised concerns regarding the safety of the service as anyone can operate a taxi.Taxi drivers have stated that they need to spend lot of time and money to be a legal taxi driver whereas part time drivers earn well and get to skip all the formalities.
This is not considered as a level playing for the drivers.The government has yet to consider the request of uber.Taxi operators do not want ride sharing services to be legalized.
Uber has already been battling legal wars over its ride-sharing services and some countries have gone to the extent of even banning them.