Uber arrives in Broken Hill

If Tom Peet has his way, the public transport crisis that has gripped Broken Hill for months and months might soon be a thing of the past.

Recently registering as an Uber driver in Broken Hill, Mr Peet now offers locals and tourists the option to use ridesharing services via the Uber app.

Initially, Mr Peet only advertised on Facebook, stating, “I didn’t want to go too crazy because it’s just me.”

However, with a second Uber driver slated to start in less than two weeks, and a third driver slated to start before the end of the year, he is hopeful that he can eventually offer services 24/7 across the platform.

Since moving to Broken Hill in 2015, Mr Peet said he had been frustrated with the lack of available public transport options, and after a horror experience walking home from the airport after his last holiday, he decided to start a local Uber service.

This wasn’t the way Mr Peet was planning to spend his semi-retirement years- he wanted to undertake some volunteer work for the community.

“However, I have found there is a much greater need for this, and I really enjoy doing it as it’s something people appreciate, it is so worthwhile.”

He added, “Broken Hill has so many exciting and unique attractions for visitors, but they expect clean, reliable, modern transport to be available,” Mr Peet added.

Balancing his new service with his current employment obligations, Mr Peet has urged locals who are interested in becoming an Uber driver to apply via the app, as the process is “incredibly simple- just a few steps to follow and then you can earn an extra income on the side.”

“So far, the response from the community has been fantastic,” a proud Mr Peet told the Truth. He went on to say he has travelled to 37 countries and has used Uber on countless occasions.

With Uber now driving into town, the Silver City may be more accessible to a greater number of residents and tourists alike.

Mr Peet is now taking bookings on the Uber app, available on the Play Store or App Store.

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