But Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says the service could put vulnerable passengers at risk. "People get into taxis and hire cars late at night, they may have had a bit to drink (or) they may have had a very, very big night," he told ABC radio on Monday. "It's a very dangerous option to take an Uber service - you don't know who's driving the car. "You don't know if the car has been checked and, most importantly, we can't know when you got into that car and where you got out of that car or where you were meant to go.
An Uber spokeswoman said Mr Koutsantonis had his facts wrong. "All partner drivers who use the Uber platform to connect with riders in South Australia are accredited, professionally licensed operators who are fully compliant with local laws," she said in a statement. "The safety of the drivers and riders who use Uber is always our highest priority.
Uber allows ordinary drivers to offer a ride-sharing service and the company claims a typical fare will cost less than the average Adelaide taxi.
Mr Koutsantonis said Uber was operating illegally in South Australia and the government would issue fines to any drivers offering a ride under the Uber service.
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