Taxi app Uber is launching its new accessibility service in Birmingham.

UberASSIST aims to provide extra help to taxi users with disabilities or access needs.

It is going live in Birmingham and three other cities from 3pm today after launching in London last October.

Users of the app can request a vehicle driven by an uberASSIST partner-driver who arrives ready to give additional assistance to riders.

All drivers have completed a disability equality course, developed and delivered by disabled trainers working for charity Transport for All.

Research by the Extra Costs Commission said disabled people used taxi and private hire services more often than non-disabled people and many said they had been overcharged while travelling.

Uber's general manager for Birmingham Fouzan Ali said: "We want everybody to be able to get a convenient, safe and affordable ride at the push of a button.

"The expansion of uberASSIST is an important step towards making our service even more accessible for riders across the country.

"We're always working hard to make sure we can serve every part of every community in every city.

"Following the launch in London, we have received great feedback both from riders who use the service and partner-drivers who are proud to be able to offer additional assistance."

Faryal Velmi, director at Transport for All, added: "We are happy to continue our work with Uber.

"The training provided to drivers means that they have a greater understanding of the challenges that disabled passengers face and are aware of how people may want to be assisted when travelling."