Ride hailing company Uber and automaker Bajaj have partnered with each other to install safety partitions in one lakh auto rickshaws in India. This marks a healthy collaboration in times of the pandemic.
The installation makes Uber auto rides safer for both the driver partner and the passengers. The safety partition also improves the brand trust and value for both Uber and Bajaj. This partnership will make travel in the new normal safer for both riders and the driver.
Face masks, hand sanitizers and vehicle disinfectants will also be distributed to 1 lakh auto rickshaw drivers across 20 cities including New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Pune to ensure adequate safety for both Uber drivers and passengers. The other cities include Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mysore and Madurai. Uber is also trying to provide driver partners with training on usage of PPE kits and sanitisation protocols for their vehicles via the Uber app.
“We are seeing green shoots and most importantly the recovery is strongest in our auto product. It is because of the price point, reliability and many other factors ” said Nandini Maheshwari, Director Business Development, Uber APAC, in an interview. “When you take an auto rickshaw we want you to know that you will be hundred percent safe and secure .
Since the lockdown rules has been relaxed by the govt, Uber has resumed its operations to almost 70%.
“As our country opens up, we at Bajaj Auto are keen to assist our driver partners in giving a safe ride to their customers ” said Samardeep Subandh,President Intra City Business, Bajaj Auto. Furthermore, Subandh also said “Towards that, we are reaching out to more than 100,000 drivers to install safety partitions and deliver disinfection kits irrespective of the make of the vehicle ”
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