Hills locals rejoice! It’s finally much easier to catch city-based ride shares if you are heading to or travelling within the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker Council regions.
The State Government has announced that the metro ride share boundaries have now been expanded, coming at the perfect time with Christmas parties sure to attract more people in to using public transport to get around.
Those living in the hills will now be able to catch an Uber, metro-based taxi or chauffeured vehicle with ease – a major win for locals, tourism operators and wine-lovers looking to travel to the area.
As of December, the rules for ride-share drivers are changed so that its no longer required to have an additional license to pick up customers within the regions once they have travelled to the area.
The changes go hand-in-hand with existing country-based, point-to-point service providers who can also continue to operate in the region.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard says the changes will deliver a welcome boost for local businesses and increase transport options for local commuters and tourists.
“We’ve listened to calls from Adelaide Hills and Mt Barker locals for more ride-share and taxi options, with these changes paving the way for operators to expand their services,” Minister Wingard says.
“Local commuters will benefit from increased competition and greater convenience with more options available to get them where they need to go”
“We recognised the metropolitan boundary for point-to-point services needed to adapt to better service outer-urban and Hills residents, as well as to support greater tourism and access to popular events and festivals”
Minister Wingard says the changes will also help to address service availability during peak times and tourism events and for locals in low travel density areas.
“The expanded boundary comes into operation in time for a bumper Christmas and holiday season, offering more options for wine lovers and tourists to easily and safely explore our wonderful Adelaide Hills regions,” he says.
“It also means that commuters and tourists can now more conveniently travel to and from nearby centres such as Strathalbyn and Murray Bridge”, he continued.
These new changes allow accredited drivers to operate freely between Adelaide and Hills regions without any new forms or fees.
So if you are planning to travel to and from the Adelaide Hills this festive season (and beyond), this more flexible option of transport will provide you with a great alternative to commuting safely around the state.
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