Starting on Monday, Uber drivers will have to take selfies in the app to verify that they are wearing a face mask or face cover before they can pick up passengers, the company announced Wednesday.
This is only part of an interactive checklist that drivers must complete each time they log in online to accept rides. Other requirements include confirmation that they have no symptoms, regularly disinfect their vehicle and wash their hands.
Cyclists will also need to confirm that they are wearing a mask or face cover before calling a car, but there is no selfie component. Instead, the company relies on pilots and pilots to make each other responsible.
“Things will look a little different for both pilots and pilots,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at a press conference Wednesday, referring to the new Uber trial as “your first first trip.”
“We have made several checks and balances because it is a shared responsibility,” said Uber security products chief Sachin Kansal in an interview with CNN Business this week. “If the driver approaches and the driver sees that the driver is not wearing a mask, he can cancel the trip. It is not necessary to get in the car.”
The company said there will be no penalty for such cancellations.
After a lap, if a driver or pilot gives a low rating, for example, feedback will be requested, which includes a new tag: “no face mask or mask”. Kansal has said that the company will follow the pilots and pilots when this tag is selected.
“If we see repeated violations by the same person, whether it’s a pilot or a pilot, we could take further measures, including removing them from the platform,” said Kansal. He refused to go into details of how many violations could contribute to the removal.
“We wanted to get something as fast as possible,” said Kansal, when asked why Uber isn’t introducing a similar technology-based application on the pilot side.
The company also said it had allocated $ 50 million to purchase supplies such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and driver sprays and disinfectant wipes.
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