Uber to offer FREE rides so disabled can vote in election

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Uber is to offer free rides to the polls for wheelchair users, disabled and older people so they can vote in the General Election this Thursday.

Uber will be offering free rides to and from polling stations in partnership with a number of leading disability organisations. Together with ScopeWhizz-KidzTransport for All and a number of local organisations, Uber is helping ensure everyone can cast their vote.

Trips to and from polling stations between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, December 12th, will be free up to £10 per trip.

Wheelchair users will be able to redeem two Uber Access trips to travel to and from polling stations in seven cities across the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Brighton.

The offer also extends to Uber Assist trips for those who need additional assistance but do not require a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Uber Assist is available in more than fifteen cities across the UK, and is regularly used by older people, riders travelling with assistance animals, those who have visual or hearing impairments and riders with foldable wheelchairs.

Existing users of Uber Access and Uber Assist will be given a special code to access the free rides and new users will be sent one by charities such as Whizz-Kidz, Transport for All and Scope.

Jamie Heywood, Regional General Manager of Uber in Northern and Eastern Europe, said:

“We’re proud to provide options for people who require additional assistance in more than 15 cities across the UK, including wheelchair accessible vehicles. We believe that everyone should be able to have their say, so we’re delighted to be working with organisations like Scope, Whizz-Kidz and Transport for All to offer free trips to and from the polls this Thursday.”

Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, added:  

“When Uber launched wheelchair accessible vehicles in London, many of the young people Whizz-Kidz works with were pleased to have another accessible choice for getting around town. We are pleased to partner with their scheme for free rides to and from polling stations for wheelchair users.”

 

 

Chris Price
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