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Uber expands its services into Flanders

Illustration picture shows the Uber taxi application on an iPad. Uber will extend its services into Flanders from November 9. (BELGA PHOTO SISKA GREMMELPREZ)
08:31 04/11/2020

Uber will launch its services in Flanders on 9 November, the company has announced. Via the mobile app, an UberX car can be ordered throughout the region, with availability being the highest in Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven. The new services are fully compliant with the new Flemish regulations on taxis, the company says.

According to Uber, demand for travel has increased in several cities in Flanders, based on the number of people who have opened the app in recent months and conversations with drivers.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has introduced a series of hygiene safety provisions and measures. Passengers and drivers must wear a face mask during the trip and confirm that they have understood and complied with local health and safety measures.

The Uber app constantly reminds all users to wash or disinfect their hands and to keep windows open to improve ventilation while on the journey. "Partner drivers are also equipped with disinfectants and Uber has equipped vehicles with polycarbonate barriers between clients and drivers," the company said.

Uber also announced that it will subsidise 10,000 free trips for hospital staff in Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent.

Written by Nick Amies