Uber and Hyderabad Police have announced a partnership today to help make urban mobility safer during the ongoing pandemic by installing safety screens in 500 non-Uber autos in the city.
As part of the partnership, we will also work with the police to raise awareness on safety protocols through the production and distribution of co-branded COVID-safety pamphlets to Uber drivers; as well as by distributing in-app messages to our riders from the Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Anil Kumar, IPS, Addl. Commissioner of Police (traffic), Hyderabad, said, “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have taken various measures to sensitize residents to take necessary safety precautions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our partnership with Uber is an extension of our commitment to keep the city safe. Safety screens provide physical barriers between the rider and the driver, thereby enabling social distancing. We are confident that, through this alliance, we will be able to educate more riders and drivers and ensure safe transportation for our residents.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have launched multiple initiatives to support State governments and communities across the country. Uber facilitated 280,000 free trips for the National Health Authority (NHA) and other city and State Governments, for transporting thousands of frontline healthcare workers. These rides were part of a larger global commitment made by our CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to donate 10 million free food deliveries and rides to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need.
Over the past few months, we have also launched a comprehensive set of safety measures, such as a mandatory mask policy for both riders and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers and riders, and mandatory driver education around Covid-19 related safety protocols.
Complementing these measures, Uber is distributing over 3 million masks and 200,000 bottles of disinfectants and sanitisers to its drivers, free of cost.