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Uber shelves plans to come to Aberdeen

Uber has axed plans to come to Aberdeen.
Uber has axed plans to come to Aberdeen.

Uber has shelved plans to come to Aberdeen, the Press and Journal can reveal.

The firm was granted a licence to operate in the Granite City in January last year but have yet to launch their service.

It has confirmed in a letter to Aberdeen City Council that they are “surrendering our booking office licence due to issues with our landlord selling the property”.

The letter states Uber will now postpone their plan for the north-east until the situation is clearer.

The controversial service is already operating in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but the Aberdeen branch would have been the furthest north the multinational firm has ventured in the UK.

Under the cashless service, patrons pay through a smartphone app and are given information on their driver, including the make of car, before pick-up.

Taxi drivers in the Granite City previously slammed the decision by the council to grand the licence, warning it would hammer locals firm which are already struggling.

A spokeswoman for the city council said: “We can confirm that Uber has surrendered the booking office licence that was granted in 2017.”

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