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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2024 5:41 pm 
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Uber granted licence to operate in Aberdeen

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c255755nnxzo

Private hire firm Uber has been granted a licence to operate in Aberdeen.

The company was previously granted permission to launch in the city in 2018, but later surrendered its licence.

Uber officially lodged an application to operate in Aberdeen earlier this year, and it came before the council's licensing committee.

The meeting heard a number of representations of both support and objection, before the application was granted. Uber welcomed the decision.

Uber connects passengers to drivers via an app which uses GPS technology to locate available taxis.

The transport giant already operates in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

An Uber delegation told the Aberdeen meeting they were committed to safety, and only used licensed drivers.

Matthew Freckelton, head of cities for UK Uber, told the meeting they would look to get drivers from the existing supply of Aberdeen licensed drivers.

"And we will look to increase the supply of drivers, by encouraging new applicants," he added.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of business improvement body Aberdeen Inspired, said there was a lack of taxi provision in the city.

He said Uber would be a "step forward" in tackling the resulting challenges.

The meeting rejected a call from a taxi trade delegation for more scrutiny on the implications of the application.

Uber said afterwards: "This decision will help boost earning opportunities for drivers, provide passengers with greater transport options across the city and support the local economy.

"All drivers will have access to industry leading worker rights such as holiday pay and a pension, as well as formal representation through the GMB union.”

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2024 5:43 pm 
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Not convinced the existing trade is happy with the decision.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/ne ... -decision/

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2024 5:46 pm 
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And this comment drives me mad.

Taxi trade chiefs point to a lack of night buses as contributing to the problem, as well as driver numbers falling during the Covid pandemic.

So they would rather people get buses than taxi/PH. #-o

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:46 pm 
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Pretty much a foregone conclusion in licensing terms, but an interesting Press & Journal report nonetheless.

Funny, though, that all the business and professional elites mentioned in the piece never seem to have anything to say about the likes of this reported in yesterday's P&J, which of course is certainly one deterrent to working nights. And indeed, in the trade at any time:

‘I’ll slit your throat’: Fare dodger’s vile threat to Aberdeen taxi driver

Robert Hodgins, 23, grabbed two kitchen knives when the cabbie buzzed at his door looking for payment.


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i think the real issue everywhere is the decline in the hospitality industry means less money to be earned so fewer willing to put up with the sh*^^y conditions.

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Anyone any idea what kind of multiples Uber charge these days on surge?

Saw this about the Taylor Swift gig at Murrayfield, and assumed they were maybe going a couple of miles or so. But the article states they were going to Dunfermline, which is in Fife, and about 18 miles away :-o

So even on our Fife T2 tariffs the run would be £55 or so, so £75 hardly seems totally off the scale, at least in terms of some multiples I've read about. I'd have guessed something more like £150-£250 for an 18 mile run after an event like this :?


Taylor Swift fans 'trapped in nightmare crowds' after Edinburgh gig with some 'forced to get £75 Uber'

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scot ... e-32988304

While many fans were blown away by the superstar's performance, some were less complimentary about travel arrangements around Murrayfield Stadium.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2024 7:42 pm 
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Anyone any idea what kind of multiples Uber charge these days on surge?

I think it's calmed down a fair bit.

Spoke to a fella on Uber yesterday who works nights. He said very rarely do they multiply surges, and from time to time it is mobbed with work down here.

Occasionally I have a nose on the Uber app and the most I see is 2 times normal.

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