Every new Uber will need to be a five-star ANCAP car, with new rules about what the ride-sharing giant's drivers can use today coming into force.
Announced in April this year, the policy means new Uber X drivers won't be accepted unless their car is less than 10 years old with the maximum possible safety rating. Uber Black, Lux and SUV cars must be less than seven years old.
Drivers adhering to the current standards will have two years to get themselves a five-star vehicle.
"Today the majority of UberX trips in Australia are already taken in cars that have a five-star ANCAP rating or equivalent. What this new policy means is that in a few years’ time, that will be the case for all trips,” Lucas Groevenveld, Uber Australia head of drivers, said earlier this year.
"Adopting a five-star ANCAP policy builds on our already strong minimum vehicle requirements, which requires vehicles to be less than 10 years old, in excellent working condition, have third-party insurance, and be re-inspected each year subject to state regulations."
ANCAP lauded the move as a "strong, responsible policy decision to improve the safety of all who use our roads".
“Ride-share services are a modern convenience," said James Goodwin, ANCAP chief executive.
"For some, it is their primary means of travel but for others, it’s their workplace, so providing everyone with a safe environment is important.”
“5 star safety is now the expected standard among car buyers, and we should expect the same high standard whenever we use a car as a mobility service.”
“This should be the benchmark for others in the ride-share, car-share and taxi industry to follow," Goodwin elaborated.
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