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Uber Launches “Accessible” Services In New Zealand

Uber is finally catering for people with impaired mobility with a new service called UberASSIST.

Uber is a world-wide taxi service where people can request rides directly from the Uber app on their smartphone. Uber is available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide.

According to Uber, over 100,000 New Zealanders use the service in cities around the country.

In an announcement this morning, Uber launched their new service option, called UberASSIST, and said it is part of their vision to make transport accessible for everyone. The first roll out, in New Zealand, of the service option will take place in Auckland and Wellington.

However, this comes as news that won’t help users in power wheelchairs. Uber vehicles running the new UberASSIST do not have accessible ramps or power lifts.

People with foldable wheelchairs, walkers, and collapsible scooters will be able to request UberASSIST.

Uber also announced that those wanting to try the new UberASSIST service will get $20 off their first trip.

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