Uber is Giving UK Wheelchair Users Free Lifts to Polling Places This...

Uber is Giving UK Wheelchair Users Free Lifts to Polling Places This Week

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Ride-sharing app and transportation company Uber is offering free rides to polling stations for UK wheelchair users on Thursday.

Anyone in need of a lift for the elections between 7AM and 10PM in London, Birmingham, or Manchester can use the UberACCESS feature to request wheelchair-accessible transport for free.

Though Uber is footing the bill for the rides, they have partnered with the disability charity Whizz-Kidz in order to get the word out.

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“Exercising your right to vote is such a fundamental milestone in transitioning from childhood to adulthood. 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,” said Whizz-Kidz chief executive Ruth Owen. “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.”

“Accessing convenient, safe and affordable transport can sometimes be a challenge for wheelchair users. That’s why we’re proud to offer a fully wheelchair accessible option in London, Birmingham and Manchester with many more cities to come,” said Uber’s UK general manager, Jo Bertram. “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.”

Interested voters can either receive two $13 vouchers via the Uber app or download the vouchers directly from Whizz-Kids.

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