Sunshine taxi company Sunshine Taxi will begin operating in Sydney CBD on Monday morning after a three-year delay due to regulatory concerns.
The company said in a statement it would be the first Sunshine Taxi in Australia to operate in the city and the first service to operate outside Sydney.
“This will allow us to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable service to our clients in the CBD and beyond,” the statement said.
It said the new service will be the “first service in the country to offer a mobile booking and online booking system”.
The announcement comes after Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said in February she would not allow a Sunshine Taxi to operate on her premises in the Sydney CBD.
Ms Allan later backed down and said she had a “great deal of respect for Sunshine Taxi and its employees”.
She said the company’s “customers deserve the best possible service and we will not interfere”.
Ms Barry said Sunshine Taxi would be offering a new service, but did not say whether it would run on the same routes as other taxis.
“We will not allow Sunshine Taxi’s drivers to use the same route as other taxi drivers,” she said.
The company has been operating for a number of years in the capital, operating under the name Sunshine Taxi Australia.
Sunshine Taxi’s website says it is “the only taxi service in Australia that offers a direct booking to the driver via a mobile app and has the freedom to choose where and when to book a taxi”.
“Our customers deserve the highest standards of customer service and safety,” the website said.
Sunrise Taxi is the company behind the popular Taxi app.
It has been in business since 2007.
Sunshine’s mobile app has seen a surge in users in the past few years.
Its app is currently the No.1 selling app in the United States, ahead of Uber, Lyft and Ola.
Earlier this month, Sunshine Taxi said it was planning to open two more Sydney locations in the coming weeks, bringing the total to five.
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