17 April 2020
Uber To Assist Drivers Looking For Alternative Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic
As a bid to prevent the virus spreading even further as countries across the globe fight to bring the pandemic to an end, ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Ola have suspended many of their usual services in many cities worldwide.
Additionally, even in cities where Uber services remain operational, Uber drivers have now found themselves struggling for cash due to a much lower number of passengers than usual.
Because of this, Uber has been providing alternative ways for drivers to earn extra money whilst the pandemic continues.
If drivers are working in a city where Uber Eats is operational, they can turn on delivery requests with a single tap on the drivers’ app. This will allow drivers to start taking food deliveries, an option which has become more popular, with many restaurants now only allowing deliveries and take-out options.
As part of this, Uber Eats drivers will get the opportunity to deliver for large brands. This includes Pizza Hut Delivery and KFC, who have recently announced they will be gradually reopening selected restaurants for delivery only.
Here in the UK, Uber has also partnered with the online food retailer Ocado, to connect drivers with different food delivery opportunities. Those who live within 10 miles of an Ocado distribution centre will be given the opportunity to fill one of the 320 delivery roles offered within the company.
As we all do our bit to stop the virus from spreading, it is important for drivers to avoid close contact with passengers. This includes not accepting cash tips, and keeping far apart when doing deliveries. If you experience any symptoms when doing your job, including coughing and sore throats, it is important to stop what you are doing and isolate yourself until it is deemed safe to leave.