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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:03

It's business time for Uber in Australia and New Zealand


Ridesharing taxi disruptor Uber is slowly conquering the consumer market in Australia and New Zealand and it now has Cabcharge squarely in its sights, announcing Uber for Business.

Today's news follows the July launch of Uber for Business in the US, UK, France and Canada, with the service now available across markets in 45 countries.

"Uber for Business is a dedicated platform that enables small and mid-sized companies to set up an Uber account with a centralised billing system and maintain a travel dashboard that business administrators can view and use to manage budgets – and all of this at no cost to the business," the company said in a blog post.

"Companies can allow employees to bill to a single card on file rather than activating multiple company credit cards or requiring reimbursements. 

"Employees have access to this new payment option in their Uber app and can say goodbye to the hassle of filing expenses with paper receipts. And with products offered at every price point, employees can travel in style while staying within every company’s budget. With UberX in Australia, that could mean a saving of 20% to 50% compared with a taxi."

The company said that across 45 countries, Uber for Business has been fully translated into 22 languages, and, rather absurdly, of Uber for Business were an Uber city, it would be the fourth fastest growing "of ALL time".

Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie said, “As CEO of the world’s largest crowdsourcing marketplace, what better way is there of getting from A to B than by crowdsourcing it? That’s exactly what Uber does, and it’s a brilliant service. At freelancer.com, we’ve been using Uber for employee trips due to its convenience and reliability, and now Uber for Business takes it to the next level with reporting and employee management functions! It makes life easier for our accounts team with integrated and itemized billing. I love the product.”

The news comes as the federal government reviews its competition laws, potentially opening up the market for companies like Uber to legally compete against taxis in Australia. As it currently stands there are different rules for each state and territory jurisdiction, with some drivers receiving fines of thousands of dollars for not holding a taxi licence.

Uber was effectively deemed illegal in New South Wales.

For more info on Uber for Business check out the website.

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