COVID-19: Uber makes masks mandatory for riders, drivers 


Team Udayavani, May 18, 2020, 6:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Uber on Monday said it is introducing a set of measures, including mandatory usage of face masks for both driver and rider in India during a ride, as part of its efforts to ensure safety amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the fourth phase of lockdown starting Monday, states and union territories have been given the power decide on the containment, buffer, red, orange and green zones, after taking into consideration the parameters shared by the health ministry.

Depending on the states’ decision, ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Ola will resume services in various locations and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Starting today, drivers and riders will have to wear face masks if they are using Uber in India and in most other countries where Uber operates,” Uber Global Senior Director Product Management Sachin Kansal told reporters.

He added that this is part of COVID-19 specific safety features and policies being introduced to ensure the safety of drivers and riders.

“Over the last two months, our global tech and safety product teams have been hard at work building a new, product experience for riders and drivers. Today, as India eases its lockdown, it’s important we take all necessary precautions to help keep ourselves safe and to make the next trip safer for all,” Kansal said.

These new features and policies have been rolled out globally, and will be enhanced and revised as needed to ensure a safer experience for all, he added.

Before they go online on the platform, driver-partners will be asked to confirm – via a new Go Online Checklist – that they’ve taken certain safety measures and are wearing a face mask. They will also have to upload a selfie wearing a face mask, and Uber’s new technology will verify the identity of the driver.

A similar checklist has been built for riders and before every trip, the rider will have to confirm that they’ve taken precautions like wearing a face mask, and washing or sanitising their hands.

Kansal said new options for feedback have also been added for both rider and driver to inform the company if the other party was not wearing a mask or face cover.

He added that the cancellation policy have also been updated to allow drivers and riders to cancel trips if they don’t feel safe, including if a user is not wearing a mask or face cover.

To allow for space between the driver and rider during a ride, Uber is advising riders not to sit in the front seat, and only two riders will be allowed in the rear seat of the car.

The company said it is working with global and local public health authorities, and has compiled safety tips and recommendations that will be sent to all riders and drivers.

Both Uber and Ola had suspended operations after the government announced a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

After 40 days of lockdown, some relaxations were provided in the third phase of the lockdown from May 4, including allowing cab services to operate with conditions in locations that have very few or no confirmed cases reported (orange and green zones).

Uber had announced starting operations in 25 cities including Jamshedpur, Kochi, Cuttack and Guwahati (green zone) as well as locations like Amritsar, Rohtak, Gurugram and Visakhapatnam (orange zone) in the third phase of the lockdown. It has not yet announced the additional cities, where it will resume operations.

 

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