On Thursday, the polls will open up for citizens in the UK to vote for either Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa May to become the next Prime Minister. To ensure as many voters turn out as possible, ride-sharing app and company Uber has promised free rides to wheelchair-bound citizens so they can visit polling stations.
The Verge reports that anyone who needs a lift for the elections between 7AM and 10PM in London, Birmingham, or Manchester can use the UberACCESS feature to request wheelchair-friendly transport for free. Even though Uber is paying for all the rides, the company partnered with the disability charity Whizz-Kids to spread the word.
Said Whizz-Kidz chief executive Ruth Owen:
“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.”
Uber’s UK general manager, Jo Bertram, added:
“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.”
Voters who would like to take advantage of the offer can either receive two $13 vouchers via the Uber app or download the vouchers from Whizz-Kids.
Considering Stephen Hawking proclaimed Theresa May in office would be a “disaster” for the UK, Uber can count on a lot of voters taking advantage of its gracious offer.
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