Uber extends taxi booking service to Limerick

Uber regional manager Kieran Harte with former Finance Minister Michael Noonan at the opening of the company's base in Thomas Street. Photo: Brian Gavin

LIMERICK has become the first Irish city outside Dublin where Uber customers can book a taxi through the online transportation company.

Last week’s roll-out of the Limerick Uber service follows a significant increase in demand for taxis in Limerick, with thousands of local residents opening the company’s app in recent months.

Uber is already well-established in the city, with around 400 staff employed in the company’s Centre of Excellence on Thomas Street which provides customer support for the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

Kieran Harte, General Manager of Uber in Ireland, said: “We are extremely proud to launch Uber in Limerick, where we have been seeing increased demand for our services.

“Expanding Uber to the city will help maximise earnings opportunities for drivers while giving passengers more choice, meaning that everyone will benefit.”

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“Customers can select a destination, know the price upfront and pay through a single user-friendly app, and all partner drivers are professional and fully licensed.

Mr Harte said the company expects to bring at least 100 new drivers on to the platform by the end of the year.

“From driver ratings to GPS tracking and emergency support, the Uber app offers both passengers and drivers numerous safety functions to track their own trips, share it with trusted contacts and stay connected with support teams,” he explained.