POval Ride Sharing Service Uber A new child seat trial has begun in Melbourne.
From today, parents and guardians in the Melbourne metropolitan area can book a trip with an installed child or child seat.
According to Uber, Melbourne was chosen because of its “high density of family households”, with plans – all going well – to expand the service nationally in 2023.
To access the feature, users can schedule an Uber ride 30 minutes and 30 days in advance, using their current reserve function, and select a child seat trip.
Each ride can fit up to five passengers, including two children, with a $9.99 surcharge over a regular UberXL trip.
It says most vehicles in the UberXL category — typically large seven-seat SUVs or people movers, such as the Toyota Kluger or Kia Carnival — can comfortably fit two child seats.
To ensure the correct seat is available, customers should tell the driver which one is needed, and set the pickup location to allow for safe installation.
Child seats will be provided by Baby Bunting, requiring qualified drivers to complete educational modules, including an in-person workshop with a specialist instructor.
Drivers must purchase child seats — pre-approved child seats for children ages 0-4 and pre-approved booster seats for children ages 4-8 — but Uber says its drivers get a discounted price. will get By Baby Bunting.
“We know there’s a huge demand for family-friendly rides, and at Uber we want to help Aussie families get around as easily and safely as possible,” said Dom Taylor, general manager of Uber Australia.
“Uber Child Seats has great potential to make transport more convenient for many Australian parents and guardians, while providing driver partners with greater earning opportunities during the day, when most families travel.
“With driver partners involved in the pilot, we’re excited to bring this safe and convenient transport option to Melbourne families just in time for the summer holidays.”
All children must be accompanied by an adult during the trip.