Taxi firms merger will create 100 jobs to tackle Uber

A taxi company expansion will allow them to ‘take the fight’ to Uber – and bring 100 jobs.

Two taxi firms are merging to better compete against ride-hailing giant Uber
Two taxi firms are merging to better compete against ride-hailing giant Uber

247 Cars’ takeover of Link Up Cars, which covers Darlaston and Wednesbury, will see the creation of new jobs up for grabs as the company pledges to take on the taxi giant.

Company director of 247 Cars, Shahzad Ali, said the company was now the ‘largest’ taxi company in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Wednesbury thanks to the deal with more than 450 vehicles.

Mr Ali, aged 41, from Birchills in Walsall, said the company was the ‘only one’ that could realistically compete in Walsall and Wolverhampton with the ‘taxi titan’ Uber.

He said: “We’ve got operations in Wolverhampton, Bilston and the rest of Black Country. We cover everywhere from Wolverhampton to Walsall.

"The job boost will result in more drivers and so if you call for a taxi, it will get to you quicker than you picking up your own car keys.

“We’re looking to take on another 100 drivers in total. Cars and help can be provided.

"If you’re employed and looking for a new challenge we will contribute towards that. I’ve been in this trade for 21 years and I’ve seen that the high street is taking a battering now.

"We can provide an affordable and reliable form of transport for people in the high street and town centres.”

Mr Ali said the company had ‘everything’ Uber had – and stressed the service was ‘more convenient’.

“We take card payments and we’ve got the driving app. And even if you don’t use the app, we text your details on the booking,” he said.

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