Green groups take aim at Uber over urban traffic

A “surge” in the number of Uber drivers is slowing progress to reduce congestion and emissions in Paris and London, according to a coalition of green groups that is urging the ride-hailing company to speed up the move to zero emissions vehicles.

In a new report, green transport group Transport & Environment finds that recent registrations of private-hire vehicles, including those linked to Uber, have rapidly increased in the two cities over the past five years - by around 10,000 vehicles in Paris and 25,000 in London. 

While Europe-wide data concerning Uber is incomplete, the report cites figures collected by market researchers Euromonitor that Uber had risen to 45,000 drivers in London by the end of 2018, roughly half the total number of private-hire vehicles in the city. 

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