Council set to rule on Uber’s Aberdeen bid next week

30/05/2024

ALMOST 500 letters of support have been lodged with the local authority amid concerns a lack of taxis at peak times is holding back the city’s economy.

However, the city’s existing taxi firms have mounted an effort to block the bid and are among the 26 objectors to Uber’s plans.

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Aberdeen’s Taxi and Private Hire Car Consultation Group (TPHCG) – who’s membership includes the bosses of both Rainbow City Taxis and Aberdeen Taxis, as well as independent driver reps – claim Uber will “make a mockery” of the city’s taxi rules.

Survey

A survey run by the Research Chamber – the research division of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce – showed that the North-east public comprehensively supports Uber entering the region.

Nearly 2,400 people filled out the survey, with 93% saying they would welcome the taxi giant to the Granite City.

And 74% of respondents said Uber’s arrival in the city would encourage them to venture out into Aberdeen more than they currently do.

More than four in five (84%) people said the lack of taxi provision in the city centre leads them to be concerned about how they’ll get home following a night out.

More than two thirds (68%) said the lack of taxi provision causes them to cut their night out short.

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