Uber has introduced a five-star vehicle use policy for its Australian driver partners.

The policy requires all drivers who sign up to the Uber Australia rides platform to drive a vehicle which holds a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The move has been praised by ANCAP, the independent vehicle safety authority.

“This is a strong, responsible policy decision to improve the safety of all who use our roads,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“Ride-share services are a modern convenience. For some, it is their primary means of travel but for others, it’s their workplace, so providing everyone with a safe environment is important.

“Five-star safety is now the expected standard among car buyers, and we should expect the same high standard whenever we use a car as a mobility service.

“This should be the benchmark for others in the ride-share, car-share and taxi industry to follow.”

The introduction of this policy sees Uber Australia join a range of corporations, governments, service providers and businesses that have adopted five-star vehicle purchase and use policies in recent years.

Drivers can check the ANCAP safety rating of their vehicles at www.ancap.com.au/safer-rides.