Uber, Bajaj to Install COVID-19 Protective Sheet Behind Driver Seat in 1 Lakh Autos

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Uber, Bajaj to Install COVID-19 Protective Sheet Behind Driver Seat in 1 Lakh Autos

New Delhi: Ride-hailing major Uber and Bajaj Auto on Wednesday announced they are partnering with auto drivers to install safety partitions just behind the driver seat in one lakh autos across the country to facilitate social distancing between drivers and riders. Also Read – With Over 90,000 COVID-19 Deaths, Brazil Reopens Travel For Foreigners Arriving by Air

Safety kits with face masks, hand sanitizers and vehicle disinfectants will also be distributed to 1 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers across 20 cities including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Madurai, among others. Also Read – IPL 2020: Four COVID-19 Tests in Two Weeks Part of SOP, Decision on Allowing WAGs and Family Members Left to Franchises

“Our partnership with Bajaj demonstrates our commitment to the safety of everyone who uses our platform. Over the coming few months, we will leverage our close ties to continue to instill confidence in our driver partners and provide peace of mind for millions of our riders,” Nandini Maheshwari, Director, Business Development, Uber APAC, said in a statement. Also Read – Maharashtra Lockdown Extended: What’s Allowed And What Remains Shut Till August 31

Additionally, Uber has been leveraging its technology to provide drivers mandatory specialized training modules via the Uber app on the correct usage of PPE and sanitisation protocols for their vehicles.

“We are reaching out to more than 1 lakh drivers to install safety partitions and deliver disinfection kits irrespective of the make of the vehicle,” added Samardeep Subandh, President, Intra-city Business, Bajaj Auto.

Uber recently 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 drivers to cancel trips if they don’t feel safe.

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