Uber doubles wheelchair accessible option to eight UK cities

Uber is today (Friday) doubling the number of cities where its wheelchair accessible option is available as it expands uberACCESS to Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle.

From 4pm, users in eight cities across the UK will be able to request an accessible licensed private hire vehicle through the Uber app.

For many wheelchair users, getting from A to B affordably can be a daily challenge. Public transport is not always accessible or sufficient and taxis can be an expensive way to travel.

With the availability of ACCESS in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds and Bradford, users can now book a convenient and reliable ride at the touch a button.

ACCESS trips require no advance planning and wheelchair users can book a car at the same price as our affordable uberX option.

Vehicles are equipped with a rear-entry ramp and restraints, enabling a wheelchair user to ride safely and comfortably with one additional passenger.

uberACCESS drivers are top-rated and have received Disability Equality Training from Transport for All. As with all drivers who use the Uber app, they are licensed for private hire by a local authority and have passed an enhanced DBS check – the same as black cab drivers, teachers and care workers.

To mark the launch wheelchair users can get up to £15 off their first accessible trip by entering the promotional code ‘ACCESSUK’ into the app.

This expansion builds on Uber’s ASSIST option for those with reduced mobility which is now available in 15 cities across the UK. Drivers on uberASSIST have all received training from Transport for All and UK Global Road Safety to support riders with physical mobility impairments, folding wheelchairs, walkers and scooters.

Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager of Uber in the UK, said:

“We’re really pleased to be doubling the number of cities which have a wheelchair accessible option. Expanding uberACCESS is an important step forward in making reliable and affordable transport available to everyone at the touch of a button. Thousands of wheelchair users now have an extra option to get from A to B on their terms and at no extra cost.”

Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:

“When Uber launched wheelchair accessible vehicles in London, many of the young people we work with told us how useful it was to have another option for getting across town. We are delighted that disabled young people in eight cities across the UK are now able to take advantage of this brilliant service.

“Being able to get from A to B easily, quickly and – most importantly – spontaneously, is so important for so many disabled young people. We welcome Uber’s ongoing commitment – not only to the Whizz-Kidz Accessible Transport Alliance – but also to providing accessible means of transport across the UK, and we look forward to seeing where they expand to next.”

Uber is an app that allows users to book a car with a licensed driver using a smartphone. Millions of people use Uber to get from A to B in more than 25 towns and cities across the UK. In order to use the Uber app in the UK, drivers must be licensed for private-hire by the local authority, which includes an enhanced background check (DBS) – the same as care-workers, teachers and black cab drivers. Find out more at www.uber.com.

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