CAB ALTERNATIVE: New rideshare service Go Buggy is set to launch in Coffs Harbour on September 6.
CAB ALTERNATIVE: New rideshare service Go Buggy is set to launch in Coffs Harbour on September 6. Contributed

New rideshare service for Coffs Coast

COMPETITION is set to stir up Coffs Harbour's taxi industry, with the launch of rideshare service Go Buggy offering lifts to its first customers on September 6.

Similar to Uber, Go Buggy is a taxi alternative which uses a mobile app to book rides as well as a call service, 1300 GO BUGGY.

Go Buggy will offer free rides from Tuesday September 6 to midnight Friday September 9.

The service was established in Wollongong earlier this month and has expanded to other areas, with Coffs Harbour next on the list.

Three local drivers are ready to hit the road with Go Buggy after passing their Roads and Maritime Services accreditation, criminal records clearance and comprehensive vehicle checks.

Go Buggy director Simon Robinson said the response to Go Buggy had been "astronomical" on the Coffs Coast, with registered interest from 59 locals.

"We have selected to launch in regional areas where there has been a public calling for ride share on social media and the people of Coffs Harbour have made it clear they want an alternative to the existing taxi network," Mr Robinson said.

He said it was different to traditional taxi services, providing passengers a choice of vehicle and the driver's gender.

General manager of Coffs Harbour Taxis, Sebastian Livolsi, isn't phased by Go Buggy's emergence on the Coffs Coast.

"For us, we will just keep doing what we've been doing for 100 years in Coffs Harbour and that is providing transport from A to B in the region," Mr Livolsi said.

"Good luck to them but I don't know how it's going to work."

Mr Livolsi said he held concerns for the safety of the community using rideshare apps.

Visit Gobuggy.com.au for more information.