BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) — Uber said Wednesday that it will require drivers, delivery drivers and motorcyclists around the world to wear masks at work as countries around the world begin to ease restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new virus,media reported. Starting Monday, the company will require all passengers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and most Latin American and Asian countries to wear masks and sit in the back seat of their cars.
Uber will also reduce the passenger number from four to three.
Uber executives said in a call with reporters Wednesday that Uber will release updates to the app to inform users of the latest policy changes.
The executive said the accounts of passengers and drivers who repeatedly violated the requirements could be disabled.
Before starting work every day, Uber’s app will ask drivers to take selfies with masks, confirm that they don’t have any new crown symptoms, disinfect the vehicle and agree to roll down the window during the ride.
Sachin Kansal, Uber’s senior director of product management, said the company is also considering adding selfie verification to motorcycle riders.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive, said Wednesday that the company has allocated more than $50 million to buy masks and disinfectants for drivers.
Uber has so far purchased more than 20 million masks and distributed about 5 million of them, Kansal said by phone.
Asked if Uber would provide financial support to drivers who need cleaning supplies, Kansal did not directly respond, but said the company’s thinking on the issue was “evolving.” He added that drivers are free to install plastic partitions in their cars.
Uber said last week that its ride-hailing service in more than 900 cities around the world was slowly recovering in May from its low point during the April virus pandemic. (Wind)