A leading figure at controversial taxi company Uber today said the firm is looking to launch in Aberdeen “as soon as possible”.
‘Uber’ is a cashless service which allows customers to book taxis using an app on their smartphone.
The service is already available in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The announcement comes after Transport for London (TFL) released a statement saying Uber’s operational license would not be renewed.
TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.
Fred Jones, head of cities for UK and Ireland, has defended the company and said he thought the service would prove popular in Aberdeen.
Mr Jones said: “We have been in Scotland for a number of years now and we are now well-established and looking forward to launching our service in Aberdeen.
“To be able to run in the city we need two things, one of them being a licence to operate and the other is the right local team to run operations.
“We are looking to launch as soon as possible but we need those two things in place first, getting the right people on board to help us run in the city is a big priority for us.
“We have applied for our licence and it is now in the hands of Aberdeen City Council.
“Aberdeen is a city that has really appealed to us as we think the service would prove very popular.
“Our drivers will need to be licenced by the local authority and go through a background check with Police Scotland.
“There is a lot of misconception when it comes to Uber and what we have found is safety concerns disappear when we start delivering our service in those cities, a lot of it is nonsense.”
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