Uber prices to go up as part of new clean air plan
09 September, 2017, 12:21 | Author: Regina Lloyd
Uber is adding a 35p green fee charge to all rides in London to facilitate a £150m funding pot that enables all drivers to transition to electric vehicles by 2022.
"Air pollution is a growing problem and we're determined to play our part in tackling it", said Fred Jones, Uber's head of United Kingdom cities.
Uber is also hoping to lure more customers from London's population who own older cars.
Despite Toyota Prius being directly associated to Uber, the company revealed that fewer than 50 per cent of its London UberX drivers have a hybrid or electric auto.
Uber is also launching a diesel scrappage scheme to remove 1,000 of the most polluting vehicles in London. While we can make small changes at home to reduce our carbon footprint, we really need big companies and corporations to join the fight, especially if we want to make a swift, ever-lasting impact. We know this is a significant investment so we're introducing a Clean Air Fund.
For other United Kingdom cities, where less electric Uber cars operate already, the 100 percent goal is set for 2022, giving an extra two adaptation years.
The move has been more successful in some places than in others, one example being Norway where the Value-Added Tax exemption (25 percent) has led to the Scandinavian country setting EV adoption rate records with over 40 percent of new cars registered last month there having chargeable battery on board (either plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicles, then).
The surcharge will be added to Uber rides in other United Kingdom cities "over the next year", although any UberPool trips - where trips are shared with other passengers heading in the same direction - will be exempt from the added fee, the company noted.
"This is a much needed step from Uber which will aid London's air quality", said Beard. The fund will subsidise drivers with who want to buy environmentally friendly cars, with up to £5,000. King's College, meanwhile, estimates that air pollution is responsible for 9,400 premature deaths in the city each year.
The UK government has also faced pressure to establish a UK-wide scrappage scheme backed by taxpayer money to quicken the switch towards lower emission cars and combat air pollution. Similar fees will follow in other United Kingdom cities.
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