Indian based ride-hailing app Ola has been granted a licence to operate in one of the UK’s most desired coastal areas Bournemouth.
Bournemouth’s licensing committee decided in favour of an operators licence, praising the safety features that the app has in place.
Ola, who gives the option for hackney carriage drivers, as well as private hire drivers, to join the platform will now offer its app-based service across Bournemouth, with discussions also taking place to expand into Poole, the Bournemouth Echo reported.
The new licence comes with one additional obligation; to improve its wheelchair accessibility options.
Committee chairman, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “we have decided that we are prepared to grant an operator’s licence for Ola to operate in Bournemouth.
“We would, however, condition you to have an option to choose wheelchair accessible vehicles and see their availability.”
A spokesperson for Ola has said that the ride-hailing firm has several licence applications across the country which are in hand and the plan is to be in “every place where a competitor is”.
Ola is already in use in cities across the UK including Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.