Uber offered free rides to the polling stations for UK’s wheelchair users

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Transportation company Uber offered free rides to the polling stations for UK’s wheelchair users to cast their votes in the general election 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. 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, said Uber’s UK general manager, Jo Bertram.

The ride-sharing app and company Uber has teamed up with disability charity Whizz-Kidz to offer free rides to polling stations for wheelchair users. The cab giant Uber has paid for journeys up to £10 between 7 am and 10 pm on the election day.

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. 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, said Whizz-Kidz chief executive Ruth Owen.