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Uber introduces 15p/mile fee to help fund driver EV uptake

Wed 16 January 2019 | Back to news list

Uber fares have risen by 15p mile in London this month, representing a 'clean air fee'. Uber expects to raise over £200m from the levy which will be used to support the transition of its drivers to electric vehicles over the next few years. The company says the first 20,000 drivers will upgrade to electric vehicles by the end of 2021.

The fee adds to the current per mile fare of £1.25. Uber is reported as being “keen to expand” the initiative to other UK cities.

It says that a London driver using the app for an average of 40 hours per week will be given around £3,000 towards the purchase cost of an electric car in two years.

The London mayor Sadiq Khan introduced a £10 toxicity charge for older, more polluting vehicles in the centre of London in October 2017.

This will be replaced by an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will create stricter emissions standards, from April. (See related story.)

Last June, Uber was granted a short-term operating licence in London after its permit to operate was initially not renewed over safety concerns.

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