As Uber resumes services across cities, we want to stay ahead of the curve and be ready to assist millions of our riders with safe and reliable transport options in the ‘new normal.’ That’s why we are partnering with Bajaj, one of the most trusted and respected brands in India, to install safety partitions in 100,000 auto-rickshaws across the country.
The high quality safety partitions are being installed just behind the driver’s seat and will act as a protective barrier between drivers and riders, facilitating social distancing while on a trip.
Autos across 20 cities will benefit from the partnership and partitions will be installed across Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Raipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Patna, Ranchi, Indore, Mysore, Bhubaneshwar, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai.
As part of the partnership we will also distribute 100,000 safety kits consisting of face masks, hand sanitizers and disinfectants to drivers. This is in addition to our global allocation of $50 million to purchase safety supplies like masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant sprays for drivers. Our teams in India have already been distributing protective equipment to drivers, free of charge. Our new in-app safety feature also notifies drivers to replenish their PPE supplies after they have completed a predetermined number of trips.
We are also doubling down on our commitment to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the Uber platform. In order to maintain the highest safety and hygiene standards, we have launched a comprehensive set of safety measures, such as the Go Online Checklist, a mandatory mask policy for both riders and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers, mandatory driver education and an updated cancellation policy allowing both riders and driver to cancel trips if they don’t feel safe.