Uber UK is still planning on launching the ridesharing UberPool app in London despite ongoing threats of restrictions in the capital.
Andrew Byrne, the start-up's head of public policy in the UK & Ireland, claims the launch will go ahead in the coming months, despite TfL’s plans to impose new curbs on the company (via Telegraph).
Byrne told a Parliamentary committee the launch of the service, which aims to unite drivers heading in the same direction, could help with its goal to “end car ownership in London.”
Planned restrictions - designed to protect black cab drivers - on minicab firms such as Uber would outlaw carpooling in public vehicles, but Uber is pressing ahead anyway.
Pushing back against allegations that Uber represents a “race to the bottom” Byrne strongly defended UberPool’s merits as a vital tool in the battle against congestion.
He told the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee: “That is technology revolutionising an industry, with far-reaching consequences on how people get around.
"We can reduce congestion, by transporting more people in fewer cars. I don’t think that represents a race to the bottom."
UberPool is currently available in a few major cities around the world, including Boston, LA, New York, Paris and San Francisco.
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