Taxi app Free Now has agreed a new long-term partnership with the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) to help improve transport accessibility in Ireland.
The partnership with the IWA forms part of Free Now's "Make a Move" initiative which aims to create a more sustainable and inclusive society across the communities in which it operates.
As part of its partnership, Free Now plans to work closely with the IWA voluntary organisation to raise awareness of the transport and mobility issues facing wheelchair users, and will also help raise funds for the organisation.
To start its fundraising efforts, Free Now has contributed €40,000 to the Irish Wheelchair Association and said this initial donation is part of a wider series of measures it is taking to ensure inclusivity within its service.
The taxi app also provides commission-free jobs on all wheelchair accessible trips for its drivers to encourage drivers to provide wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) services.
Niall Carson, General Manager of Free Now Ireland, said the company's vision is to create a society where we all enjoy equal opportunities to travel, work and socialise.
"Equal access to transport for all is incredibly important in enabling this vision under our Make a Move initiative and our partnership with IWA is us stepping up to play a role to help make this happen in Ireland," he added.
Rosemary Keogh, CEO of the Irish Wheelchair Association, said that transport is key to people with physical disabilities realising their independence.
"Free Now have really taken the time to understand the transport and mobility challenges faced by our members. We look forward to working together on some innovative solutions that will help shape an environment where all can access safe and convenient public transportation options," Ms Keogh added.