We review the new UberFamily

Living and Loving designer, and mom to Israel (3) and Kukhanya (17 months), Tintswalo Nsibande reviewed the new UberFamily service. Here are her thoughts.


It is now illegal to transport children under the age of three if they are not strapped into a car seat.

What does this mean if you don’t want to drive but have to travel with young children?

UberFamily trials launched in Joburg on Friday 5 February 2016 to test a new service aimed at riders travelling with children under the age of three.

Our designer Tintswalo tested it out with her toddler, Kukhanya.

h2> Here’s what she thought:


The UberFamily car is spacious. It seats about seven people, six at the back and one in the front. It has ample space in the boot to fit your pram and any luggage. You can request a car seat when you order an UberFamily, or you can travel with your own car seat. However, if you choose to travel with your own seat you can’t leave it in the car, so this adds to your carrying load. If you order a car seat, Uber currently only have one car seat available per car, but it plans on including an option where you can request more than one car seat.

The benefits of using UberFamily:

  • It’s convenient and safe if you are at a function and had a glass of wine.
  • If you don’t want to travel alone at night with kids, it’s ideal.
  • It is an option when travelling to and from the airport.

 How to request UberFamily:

  • To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone or register for Uber at uber.com/go.
  • To request UberFamily, riders simply need to request ‘UberVan + CARSEAT,’ located above the UberSUV option. Pricing of UberFamily is consistent with that of UberVAN (R22 base fare, R16/km, R75 minimum fare).
  • You can use either cash or your credit card to pay for your trip.

Final thoughts:

UberFamily is an easy, hassle-free way to transport your family for a great day out without the stress of driving. Just remember to ensure your little one’s safety by using the CARSEAT option or packing your own.





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