Uber offers free rides worth 1 Crore to Maharashtra Government for transporting frontline healthcare workers and non-COVID patients

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Pune, April 27, 2020: Uber today offered free rides worth INR 1 Crore to the Maharashtra Government for emergency services through its UberMedic service, which will transport frontline healthcare workers, government officials on COVID-19 related duties, and support other essential requirements.

Uber’s partnership with the Maharashtra government is part of its global commitment to provide 10 million rides and food deliveries free of charge, recently announced by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Sharing details about the association, Prabhjeet Singh, Director, Operations and Head of Cities, Uber India & South Asia, said, “The Maharashtra Government has been working tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19. We feel privileged to be supporting them in these challenging times and will help move what matters by leveraging our global experience, technology and network of drivers.”

All the UberMedic cars being provided to the Maharashtra government are being fitted with a roof-to-floor plastic sheeting enclosing the driver, thereby limiting contact with the rider. Additionally, to maintain safety and hygiene standards, while moving what matters, all drivers are being trained in safety procedures and being provided with personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, sanitizers and disinfectants to sanitize the cars between rides.

Uber’s recently launched UberMedic service is already facilitating the provision of transporting frontline medical workers in 28 hospitals across 14 Indian cities.