Uber instals safety screens in cars and tuks | Sunday Observer

Uber instals safety screens in cars and tuks

27 December, 2020

Uber has begun the installation of safety screens or safety ‘cockpits,’ a protective ceiling-to-floor transparent plastic screen between the passenger and the driver, in over 1,500 cars and tuks, setting a new standard of safety in the ‘new normal.’ These safety screens are being scaled up across product categories immediately.?

Uber pioneered safety screens earlier this year with their installation in Uber cars to transport frontline healthcare workers. Uber picks up all costs associated with the installation of safety screens, which enable social distancing within the confines of a vehicle.

Head of Supply and Driver Operations, Uber South Asia, Pavan Vaish said, “At Uber, we are constantly re-defining transportation safety standards, and we take all possible precautions to help with safer travels for riders and drivers.

“We pioneered safety screens earlier this year to maintain social distancing while on trips. Uber teams will continue to work around the clock to leverage our technology and global expertise, while also innovating the best possible product experience for all drivers and riders,’’??he said.??

Since the resumption of its services, Uber has been distributing cleaning products and protective equipment to all active drivers on its platform. Globally, Uber has purchased safety supplies worth $50 million.? In Sri Lanka, Uber has procured and started distributing safety supplies such as masks and sanitisers to the value of Rs. 10 million, free to drivers and delivery people.?

Uber has also launched a comprehensive set of safety measures, such as the Go Online Checklist and a mandatory mask policy for both riders and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers, driver education around Covid-19 related safety protocols, and an updated cancellation policy where both riders and driver can cancel trips if they don’t feel safe.?