Uber is giving UK wheelchair users a free lift to polling stations this week
Uber is helping get the vote out in the UK, teaming up with disability charity Whizz-Kidz to offer free rides to polling stations for wheelchair users. The trips will be provided via the company’s UberAccess option, which offers fully wheelchair accessible vehicles in three UK cities: London, Manchester, and Birmingham. Wheelchair users wanting to take up Uber on the offer will get two free voucher codes worth up to £10 ($13) each, sent either via the company’s app (if they’ve used UberAccess before) or direct from Whizz-Kidz.
In a press statement, Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, said: “Exercising your right to vote is such a fundamental milestone in transitioning from childhood to adulthood […] We hope Uber’s generous move will inspire many young wheelchair users to get out and vote on Thursday.”
The rides will be available between 7AM and 10PM, and Uber is paying for the trips. The company will also be prompting all its UK users to make their voices heard in the general election, with an in-app message on Thursday reminding users to vote, and giving them help to find their local polling station.