Uber issues statement on move into Dundee

Taxi firm Uber has ruled out a move to Dundee in the near future.

A spokesman for the company said there are no current plans to expand to the city, despite having just been granted a licence to operate in Aberdeen.

When approached by the Tele, he said the City of Discovery was not on the company’s radar “at this stage”.

Uber’s latest move means people in Scotland’s three largest cities will now have the option of calling on a lift using the app-based service, which has spread across the globe since launching in San Francisco in 2009.

Taxi booking through the firm is done via a smartphone app with passengers given information on their driver such as the car’s make and model as well as GPS tracking.

The fare is then automatically deducted from the user’s bank account.

There are more than 600 licensed taxis operating in Dundee and Graeme Stephen, chairman of Dundee Taxi Association, said local drivers would be glad to hear the news, saying: “It can only be a good thing for drivers here that the firm doesn’t have any plans to begin operations.”