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Trial with Uber in Geelong

More doors are opening for Victoria’s Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) members thanks to a trial being conducted between Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Uber.

As part of our MPTP Expansion Program, up to 100 Greater Geelong-based MPTP members can trial taking subsidised travel with Uber between Wednesday 25 March 2020 and Sunday 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

Five hundred MPTP members are being invited to participate in the Greater Geelong trial, with sign-ups limited to 100. At this stage, the trial does not involve wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Members participating in the trial can book a trip with Uber via the app, as well as taking trips with their regular taxi service.

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.

Trips taken during the trial won’t count towards trial participants’ 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.

CPVV has previously worked with Net-Cabs (trading as Oiii), to successfully add another service provider for MPTP members. CPVV is also progressing discussions with other industry service providers to further expand the range of choice available to members.