Volodymyr Omelyan met with the management of the "Uber" company
Today, on May 8, 2019, Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine held a meeting with Ashkan Kebriti, General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe at Uber, Mark Andrijanic, Director of Uber’s Public Policy team and Georgii Sokolianskyi, Uber's Development Director in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Minister of Infrastructure positively noted the activity of Uber in Ukraine: "In 2016 Ukraine became the 68th country where a large American company began its work. I am very pleased that I was directly related to the enter of "Uber" on the Ukrainian market. I think this was absolutely the right decision. Technologies change the world faster than we think. The experience of Uber shows that one successful mobile application can change the market in all leading countries of the world. And Ukraine is no exception. Who opposes modern technology - loses. Who successfully and in time uses them - wins. "
The management of the “Uber” announced the launch of the new service “Uber Shuttle” in Ukraine in May of this year. This is a service for booking a seat in a minibus that will run along selected routes. As part of a pilot project, the service will operate in Kyiv.
"Kyiv is the first city in Europe where we launch this pilot project. We strive to work more actively in Ukraine and will interact with state authorities in order to improve the conditions of movement in the city and create an alternative to a private car for Ukrainian", - Ashkan Kebriti said.
The Minister of Infrastructure, in turn, noted that Uber Shuttle should show a new quality of passenger bus transportations: "The Ministry of Infrastructure insists that such a mode of transport as a minibus should disappear by 2030. We have already taken a number of steps in this direction. The market will change gradually. I hope that Uber will also contribute to this, but the company should provide a new quality of passenger transport. First, it concerns the safety, ecological aspects and reliability of the vehicles that the company will use within Uber Shuttle. A new product should give a new quality of service".
Representatives of the Uber noted that the Uber Shuttle would use transport that meets European standards of safety, comfort and environmental friendliness. They also stressed that they would act as partners in public transport.
Volodymyr Omelyan also called on the company’s representatives to develop cooperation with electric vehicle owners: "This could also be a pilot project of Uber taxi with leading automotive manufacturers that are already producing electric cars or are planning to launch their production in the future. Kyiv is on the third place in Europe in terms of using electric cars in the Uber Green network. We welcome the use of electric cars - this is not only about electric transport in Ukraine, this is about the new industry, the industry of the future. "