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Uber is offering free rides to polling stations for disabled people and the elderly on election day

By Allie Abgarian

December has felt rather long and dreary this year, but the General Election is just one day away (which means you can soon give Christmas the full attention it deserves). 

In the spirit of the season, and to help Londoners who might have difficulty getting to polling stations, Uber is offering free rides (up to the value of £10) to wheelchair users, disabled people and the elderly for tomorrow’s election (December 12). The initiative includes two trips in London, at any time from 7am to 10pm (ie when the polls are open). 

The journeys are available via Uber Access, which are fully wheelchair-accessible vehicles, or Uber Assist, a service for people who require assistance getting from door to door, have visual or hearing impairments or use foldable wheelchairs. Those concerned about making the trip on their own are welcome to bring along assistance animals. 

The project, which aims to make sure that every person is able to cast their vote, has been launched together with disability charities including Scope, Whizz-Kidz and Transport for All.

So, how do you claim your free ride? If you’re an existing user of Uber Access or Uber Assist, you will be given a unique code to redeem the rides with. New users are welcome to use the service too, and will be sent a code by the charities involved.

See you at the polls!

After you’ve voted, celebrate with something sweet from London’s best bakeries.

Is the election making you feel antsy? Follow the polls with a pint in a pub at an election party in London.

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