Australia’s largest taxi network – 13cabs – has begun introducing its taxi fleet to the Darwin community, providing an alternative transportation option in the region that also specialises in “contactless delivery service” of food and parcels.
13cabs general manager Greg Hardeman said the company will offer better transport services than what’s currently available in an already crowded market that includes other taxi companies and ride app services.
“Darwin has experienced strong growth and the need for better transport options is well and truly here,” he said. “We’re excited to be partnering with local drivers because it means we’ll be able to better service the community from Darwin to Palmerston and beyond.”
Stuart Park local and 13cabs driver, Shane Daly said he was proud to be working with the company.
“By tapping into the incredible resources of a national company, I’m proud to be a part of a workforce of local drivers who know the town like the back of our hand,” he said. “It’s a win-win for the community and the economy here in Darwin.”
Mr Hardeman said that they also aim to provide job opportunities for people wishing to drive taxis.
“They can register their interest by emailing [email protected] or calling 1800 546 687,” he said.
Mr Hardeman assures the safety of their passengers, as all 13cabs Drivers undergo background and police checks and they continue to undertake driving history checks. He stresses that poor behaviour is not tolerated in 13cabs.
A mandatory vehicle inspection is also conducted every four months.
“Whenever you ride in a 13cabs, you can always see the 13cabs Drivers’ ID with photo, name and cab number – so you know you’re riding with a qualified, police checked and professional Driver. And when you book with us and provide a mobile number, we will SMS you your Driver’s details on approach,” he said.
13cabs vehicles are also fitted with multiple built-in GPS tracking devices and doesn’t solely rely on mobile phone for tracking, he added.
Mr Hardeman said the 13cabs booking app has been getting significant downloads in Darwin already. The app is available for download in Apple app store and Google Play.
13cabs supports 10,000 vehicles and 40,000 drivers across Australia, the company said.