Uber has launched in Q-town

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DEB­BIE JAMIESON

International rideshare com­pany Uber has launched in Queen­stown.

A com­pany spokes­woman said more than 200,000 peo­ple from 88 coun­tries had opened the Uber app in Queen­stown, be­fore the com­pany was op­er­at­ing in the re­sort.

Now Uber had launched, it would cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to ‘ditch the car’ when go­ing out for a night and avoid driv­ing their own ve­hi­cles on icy roads.

Ini­tially, the service area would in­clude Frank­ton, Close­burn, Arthurs Point and Ar­row­town. There would be no pick-ups or drop-offs in Wanaka, on the Crown Range, or other moun­tain des­ti­na­tions such as ski fields.

Clutha-South­land MP Hamish Walker, a reg­u­lar Uber user, be­came Uber’s first Queen­stown pas­sen­ger.

He be­lieved it would play an im­por­tant role in help­ing with Queen­stown’s park­ing and con­ges­tion is­sues.

‘‘I’ve also spo­ken to taxi driv­ers in Queen­stown who have wel­comed Uber’s launch, as com­pe­ti­tion raises the bar in any in­dus­try.’’

DASHA KUPRIENKO/ STUFF

Lift op­er­a­tor Ja­son Donnelly with Re­mark­ables ski area man­ager Ross Lawrence and an­other op­er­a­tor Lucy Lo­gan.

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