In today’s fast-paced world, getting from point A to point B has never been easier thanks to the advent of convenient apps and ridesharing services like Uber. However, while Uber has certainly revolutionised the way we think about transportation, there are far more compelling reasons why you should consider using local taxi services like Inverness Taxis instead. In this article, we’ll explore the top 5 reasons to opt for local taxis over Uber. Although doesn’t operate Uber in Inverness currently, we’ll delve into the advantages that local taxi services offer, from reliability to community support, so next time you think of ordering a Uber, you might think again!
Local Knowledge and Expertise
One significant benefit of choosing a local taxi is the driver’s in-depth knowledge of the area. Unlike Uber drivers who might be from out of town, local taxi drivers have a deep understanding of the streets, shortcuts, and traffic patterns. This means you’re more likely to reach your destination faster and with minimal hassle.
Local taxi drivers are often part of the community they serve, and they take pride in providing personalised service. They can recommend the best local restaurants, avoid traffic during peak hours, and even help with your luggage. It’s like having a local friend who knows all the ins and outs whenever you need them!
Reliability and Availability
Local taxi companies like Inverness Taxis and SafeKab have a fleet of cars that are readily available, even during peak hours. You won’t have to wait long for a taxi to arrive, and you can easily book one in advance by calling 01463222222 or get one immediately by using the SafeKab app. With Uber, you may sometimes face longer wait times due to fluctuating driver availability.
Inverness Taxis provide round-the-clock service, ensuring that you can get a taxi whenever you need it. This level of reliability can be crucial, especially when you have early morning flights or late-night commitments. Local taxi services like us worked all the way through the pandemic when much of public transport stopped and some Uber drivers opted to stay at home.
Supporting Your Community
When you choose local taxis, you’re contributing to your community’s economy. Your money stays within the area and helps support local businesses and drivers, which is not the case with Uber, where a significant portion of the revenue is funnelled out of the community with Uber charging high commission rates on every run the driver does. Inverness taxis and SafeKab do not do this. We charge a lower rate of commission and you can be sure that charge is going to a local company that invests in the local community!
Your local Inverness taxi service has a pricing structure that is set by the Highland Council. It can never go above that rate. With SafeKab, drivers can actually offer you a discount on that rate, and not only that, you’ll receive a fixed fare offer, so you’ll know exactly how much your journey will cost. With Uber, surge pricing can catch you off guard, leading to significantly higher fares during peak times. Local taxis give you peace of mind, knowing what you’ll pay from the start.
The Bottom Line
While Uber has undeniably changed the way we think about transportation, there are clear advantages to using local taxis. From our local expertise and reliability to safety and community support, local taxis offer a level of service that can make your journey more enjoyable and meaningful. So, the next time you need a ride, consider supporting your local taxi service for a ride that’s more than just a means to an end.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ 1: Are local taxis always cheaper than Uber?
Local taxi prices can vary, but they often offer pricing transparency and competitive rates, especially for short trips. Uber’s pricing can surge during peak times, making it more expensive in some cases. With SafeKab you’ll receive a fixed fare offer for your journey and often a discount on the rate set by the Highland Council
FAQ 2: Is it easier to book a local taxi or an Uber?
Booking an Inverness taxi is generally more accessible and reliable. Youi can book an Uber on from the app, but with Inverness Taxis you can book through many method:
- Call Inverness Taxis on 01463222222
- Download our partner app SafeKab to book your Inverness taxi at the touch of a button.
- Drop into our city centre Inverness Taxi office on Church Street
FAQ 3: Are local taxis safer than Uber?
Our accountability features and local presence offer added security and safety to both the passenger AND the driver:
The SafeKab app includes fantastic safety features such as:
- The Power to Choose your driver, vehicle, and price you pay for your ride. Giving you full control and transparency over your journey.
- Unique Safety Code for you and your driver so you know you’re in the right vehicle.
- Journey Monitoring so you can see where you are, the road home and share this information with a loved one.
- A Panic Button is embedded in our app so if you feel vulnerable at any time, you can press the button and notify both SafeKab’s local cab office and a loved one.
- SafeKab Credit means that you don’t need to carry money or a card to get your ride home. Money can be deposited in your in-app wallet so there is always cash to get you home after a great night out.
- SafeWalk – a free GPS tracking feature that sends real-time details of your walk home or wherever you’re travelling to a loved one and provides an SOS button should you feel vulnerable on your journey.
FAQ 5: Do local taxis accept digital payments like Uber?
Yes, most taxi companies now accept digital payments, making the payment process just as convenient as Uber, while still supporting your local economy. With SafeKab Credit you don’t need to carry money or a card to get your ride home. Money can be deposited in your in-app wallet so there is always cash to get you home after a great night out.
FAQ 6: Is Uber In Inverness?
No, Uber is not in Inverness. The reasons why Uber is not in Inverness are varied. However, basically they have no plans to extend into Inverness in the short-term. Uber has no presence in the Highlands of Scotland at all. That could be down to the remote nature of the region or perhaps a lack of drivers that are not already operating with larger local taxi services.