Driver’s high hopes for Uber

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FOR­MER taxi driver Ani­tas Su­jee­van has the hon­our of be­ing Gladstone’s first Uber driver.

The con­tro­ver­sial ride shar­ing ser­vice launched in the re­gion at 3pm Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited,” Mr Su­jee­van said.

“I’m so happy as well be­cause I’m the first Uber driver (in Gladstone).”

He was ea­ger, al­ready search­ing for po­ten­tial pas­sen­gers 15 min­utes be­fore the of­fi­cial launch time.

Mr Su­jee­van also said he was en­cour­aged by friends who have been driv­ing with Uber for five to six years in Mel­bourne, after he was a taxi driver since 2016.

“The feel­ing is bet­ter, be­cause it’s my own car... my com­fort­able car... it’s so good,” he said.

Mr Su­jee­van also works as a Domino’s Pizza de­liv­ery driver.

He left the taxi in­dus­try be­cause Uber gave him the flex­i­bil­ity to work at his own pace.

“I’ve been told peo­ple like Uber be­cause it’s very safe... and peo­ple go­ing from the city to the air­port is only $12-$14 (with Uber).

“My taxi boss was a lit­tle bit upset (when I left), but last night he told me ‘all the best’ with Uber.”

Rid­ers who want to try out the new ser­vice may now book rides in Gladstone via the Uber app.

Photo: Gre­gory Bray

UBER RIDE: For­mer taxi driver Ani­tas Su­jee­van speaks with The Ob­server's Mark Zita about be­ing the first Uber driver in Gladstone.

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