The rideshare taxi app Uber will launch in Scotland for the first time when it opens a booking office in Glasgow. The online taxi service, which matches customers to their closest available drivers using smartphone technology, has started to take bookings. Uber applied to Glasgow City Council for a three-year licence for their booking office earlier this year, but has only been granted a licence for one year initially. The council also stipulated as a condition of granting permission that only licensed drivers and vehicles could be used, applying to same restrictions to the Uber business as any other private hire taxi firm. Uber Glasgow Scotland is currently the only Scottish city using Uber. However, the company has said that they are looking to expand their market to Edinburgh within the next few months and to other cities including Aberdeen in 2016. Uber’s UK division is already operating in several large cities including London, Birmingham, and Leeds. Notably, Uber only operates its UberX service in the UK, which requires drivers to be professionally licensed. Max Lines, general manager for Uber Glasgow Scotland, said that 20,000 people in Glasgow had looked at the app ahead of Uber’s launch, while hundreds of private hire drivers were on their books.
For more information about Uber Glasgow Scotland, read The Scotsman article here.