Trial with Uber in Greater Geelong

Some MPTP members in Geelong will have the option to book subsidised trips with international rideshare company Uber between Wednesday 25 March 2020 and Sunday 31 May 2020 (inclusive), as part of a trial under CPVV’s MPTP Expansion Program.

Members selected for the trial can travel with Uber in addition to taking trips with their regular taxi service providers. Until now, members could only use unbooked (taxi) services, as these vehicles have the equipment to process the MPTP fares.

CPVV is committed to expanding the program to all commercial passenger vehicles (which includes taxi and rideshare) to improve accessible transport options for MPTP members. CPVV has been working with booking service providers (BSPs) and equipment suppliers to trial technology that may enable them to carry MPTP members, subject to strict controls.

Uber has developed the capability for vehicles associated with them to offer MPTP services using the Uber app. Throughout the trial, CPVV will be assessing the member experience and testing the technology thoroughly before the app can be approved and rolled out.

Trips taken during the trial won’t count towards members’ annual subsidy limits, as the subsidies will be covered by Uber rather than the MPTP. This is standard process for all MPTP Expansion trials.

If the trial is successful, and Uber becomes a permanent MPTP provider in the future, then from that point on, Uber trips will count towards MPTP members’ annual subsidy limit, just like any trips taken with other MPTP trip providers.

Net-Cabs (trading as Oiii) completed a successful trial in 2018 and is now offering MPTP services to members in the Metropolitan Melbourne area.

The Greater Geelong trial does not currently include wheelchair accessible vehicles.

We encourage any booking service provider interested in offering MPTP services to make an expression of interest to CPVV after reviewing the functional and technical specifications in the EOI information pack.