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Furious Uber passengers have hit out after discovering the firm is charging a 'clean air' fee of 15p extra per mile to help its London drivers switch to electric cars.
Customers have demanded an explanation for the 'ridiculous' new charge, with many threatening to boycott the tax-hailing app after questioning why the company is not footing the bill itself.
Passenger - Uber - Twitter - **** - Driver
One angry passenger slammed Uber on Twitter, writing: 'Why the **** are we paying for the driver to get an electric car?' He said the 'joke' charge was 'taking the p***', while another customer asked: 'Surely this should go to the drivers?'
The new fee, which was introduced by Uber last month, is for all rides in London, and even includes trips in which the driver already has an electric car.
Uber - Scheme - £200million - Years - Move
Uber expects the scheme to raise more than £200million in the coming years, in a move it claims will help workers convert to eco-friendly vehicles as it tries to win back its permanent licence from the Transport for London (TfL).
The taxi app says the charge will add around 45p to an average trip, but one customer moaned how a journey from Heathrow had cost him almost £5 in a 'clean air fee' alone.
Priyam - Gajjar - 'Uber - P*** - Air
An angry Priyam Gajjar tweeted: 'Uber you're taking the p*** with the clean air fee.
'Why the **** are we paying for the driver to get an electric car!! What a joke. Never using Uber again.'
Twitter - User - @ - Yaz_Aboubakar - 'Uber
Twitter user @Yaz_Aboubakar wrote: 'Uber is charging 15p clean air fee per mile in London.
'Surely, Uber can use some of its profit to upgrade to environment friendly vehicles and not having to pass the responsibility to customers. Ridiculous.'
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Russell Quirk added: 'Mandatory 15p per mile #UberTax from January to 'help drivers buy electric cars' in...
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