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Uber enlists over 5,000 vehicles on its platform since resuming services in Dhaka

| Updated: July 17, 2020 18:09:15

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Uber has announced that it has enlisted over 5,000 vehicles on its platform to provide efficient, convenient and affordable transportation for riders, along with creating livelihood opportunities for its drivers, after a lengthy lockdown.

Uber’s enlistment drive follows a BRTA order which stipulated that ridesharing could only resume with enlisted vehicles.

To comply with the directive, Uber has been raising awareness amongst the driver community to apply for enlistment certificates and also facilitating the application process on the BRTA portal, said a media release received today (Wednesday).

Uber resumed operations in Dhaka on 22nd June with its affordable UberX service and just this week has restarted services across its Premier and Intercity categories. 

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Uber has launched multiple new services for supporting the needs of its riders, which have also created earning opportunities for drivers.

These include Uber Connect, the package delivery service, which enables customers to transport packages from the safety of their homes and Uber Rentals, which allows riders to book affordable multi-hour, multi-stop options to travel in the ‘new normal.’

Over the past two weeks, Uber has also launched a comprehensive set of safety measures including an interactive Go Online Checklist for both riders and drivers, a mandatory mask policy for riders and drivers, industry first pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers, an updated post-trip feedback mechanism and a cancellation policy.

Aimed at building a new product experience during these challenging times, the new features have been formulated to help protect everyone, every time they use Uber.

To ensure social distancing while travelling in an Uber, the company has also instituted new seat limits allowing only two riders in a car other than the driver and advising riders to sit in the rear seat, the release added.

Just last month, Uber spearheaded the formation of a Transport Safety Alliance (TSA) to generate safety awareness amongst consumers, and to equip drivers with health and safety supplies.

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