Dumbarton and the Vale's Uber users are now able to book local taxi operators through the Uber app.

From Tuesday, April 19, the mobility giants "Local Cab" service goes live, allowing passengers access to book a hire from local firm TOA Taxis.

Local Cab trips will be booked directly with the local operator, and all subsequent customer support will be provided by them.

John Berry, director of TOA Taxis said: “Partnering with Uber will provide more transport options to the local communities in West Dunbartonshire and Helensburgh, allowing them to easily book trips via taxi.

"We're hoping that the extra trips Local Cab generates will also encourage more new drivers to join our fleet.”

The Local Cab venture was trialled by the American company last year and has now launched in more than 40 locations across the UK including Edinburgh, Hamilton and Dumfries.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, said: “We’re excited to add West Dunbartonshire and Helensburgh to our growing list of locations across the UK where riders can access Local Cab.

"This will help maximise earnings opportunities for drivers while giving passengers more choice, meaning that everyone will benefit. We’re looking forward to launching Local Cab in more UK towns and cities soon."

The Local Cab function can be found on the latest version of the Uber app on smart phones and smart devices.