Transportation giant Uber has joined forces with disability charity Whizz-Kidz in the bid to offer free rides to polling stations for Brits in wheelchairs as well as those with access needs.
The trips will be offered using the company's UberAccess option, which provides fully wheelchair accessible vehicles in the three cities in the United Kingdom including Birmingham, Manchester, and London. In collaboration with Whizz-Kidz, the California-based transportation company will be handing out a couple of free £10 (about $13) codes to every eligible user. These free voucher codes will be sent through the company's app provided they have used UberAccess earlier but those who haven't, will receive them directly from Whizz-Kidz.
In a press statement, Ruth Owen, CEO of Whizz-Kidz laid emphasis on exercising the right to vote, deeming it a constitutional event in the transformation from childhood to adulthood. Owen believes Uber’s benevolent offer will motivate a large number of young people in wheelchairs across the UK to get out and vote in General Election on Thursday. It is, therefore, imperative to get rid of the barriers that are likely to stand between them and making their opinions count.
Notably, the rides will be available where UberACCESS is already applicable, with Uber bearing the expense for it all. The initiative will be available between 7 AM and 10 PM. The company will be rolling out an in-app message on Thursday in order to encourage users to vote, and aside from that, the company will lend them a helping hand with finding their local polling station.
More often than not, getting hold of safe, budget-friendly and convenient transport can be a backbreaking task for people in wheelchairs, Jo Bertram, Uber's UK general manager noted. Taking that into consideration, the company has come out with fully wheelchair accessible alternatives in locations including London, Birmingham, and Manchester. The initiative will gradually encompass more and more cities.
Everybody should be able to have an active and participatory role on Election Day, and thus, Uber has teamed up with Whizz-Kidz to provide young people in wheelchairs a convenient way to get to the polls.
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