New help for disabled London cab riders

New help for disabled London cab riders

Disabled taxi passengers are to be offered additional help in London - thanks to a new option from an online minicab-hailing app.

Uber has had more than 100 of its leading drivers trained in disability equality for the scheme, which will be offered at the same price as the uberX service.

UberASSIST has been launched with the intention of matching passengers with cabs that can take the majority of walking frames, scooters and folding wheelchairs.

The news comes only days after the High Court ruled that its app is lawful in the capital. The service went live on Tuesday October 20 at 3pm following months in development.

Uber consulted with partners Inclusion London and Transport for All, which helped develop the training course, before pressing ahead with the service.

They told Uber about the problems people with disabled and mobility issues have in getting around the capital on the transport available.

Jo Bertram, Uber's general manager for the UK, says better technology should make it easier for these people to access transport across London.

She says she is proud that Uber can from this week offer additional assistance to disabled passengers for no extra charge.

Uber's accessibility is due to grow in 2016 when it launches more wheelchair-accessible cabs in addition to the hundreds of such vehicles currently offering this service.

Last week's High Court ruling saw a judge throw out allegations from black cabbies that Uber's apps represented a fare-estimation meter set aside for cars driven by licensed taxi drivers.

Copyright Press Association 2015