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Oscar Williams

News editor

Uber offers wheelchair users free rides to polling stations on election day

Uber has promised young wheelchair users free rides to polling stations during tomorrow’s general election.

The taxi app has partnered with disability charity Whizz-Kidz to provide the service in three cities – London, Birmingham and Manchester – from 7am to 10pm.

Existing UberAccess customers will be sent a code to claim up to £10 for rides to and from polling stations. New users can retrieve codes from Whizz-Kidz.

Uber is paying for the initiative, which follows a campaign by the firm to encourage young people to register to vote.

Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, said in a statement: “For many young wheelchair users across the UK, this year will mark the first time ever they’ve been eligible to vote in a General Election.

“So it’s important that the barriers that can stand between them and making their voices heard are removed. […] We hope Uber’s generous move will inspire many young wheelchair users to get out and vote on Thursday.”

Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “Everybody should be able to have their say on election day, so we’re delighted to work with Whizz-Kidz to offer young wheelchair users an easy way to get to the polls.”

Bertram added that Uber is now working to expand its UberAccess service beyond London, Birmingham and Manchester.