According to The Australian Financial Review today, controversial ride-sharing service Uber will make its first fully regulated legal ride anywhere in Australia in Canberra on Friday.
That follows the ACT government decision to enact legislation to regulate the service even before it started operations.
Uber is a growing service, which now operates in almost 60 countries. It allows members of the public to book transport in Uber member vehicles using a smartphone app. No money changes hands - it's paid for over the internet.
Taxi operators loathe Uber, accusing it of taking their business while not having to pay the same fees or meet the same standards.
Taxi drivers have taken to the streets elsewhere in Australia to protest about unregulated Uber X drivers taking business from them.
Canberra's first official Uber ride will be made by the company's Australian general manager David Rohrsheim and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at a media event in Canberra on Friday.
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