18 May 2020
Uber UK Will Require All Drivers And Passengers To Wear Face Masks In June
During the pandemic, Uber has been playing its part in helping drivers throughout the UK through numerous methods. This has included asking passengers to only request rides if the journey is essential, providing drivers with face masks, and offering drivers with alternate work to compensate for any money loss. However, it appears the ride-sharing company is preparing to step things up by requiring all their drivers and riders to wear face masks in the near future.
According to a report by CNN, Uber are planning to make the use of face masks and face coverings mandatory in various countries across the globe. This was approved by executives in a meeting in early May, with the requirement being expected to roll out over the coming weeks.
As of June 15th, all Uber drivers and passengers in the UK will be required to wear a face mask.
In order to ensure drivers are indeed wearing masks, Uber is in the process of developing facial recognition technology to ensure their drivers are following these rules. If a passenger is not wearing a mask, the driver will reserve the right to refuse service.
“As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution. Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips. At the same time, our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play,” said Andrew Hasbun, Uber’s head of safety communications, in a statement to CNN business.
However, not everyone is happy with the recent news. YouTuber ‘Dustin Is Driving’ has expressed concerns that Uber will not be able to truly detect whether or not each driver is wearing a face mask. Additionally, he noted that requiring all drivers to wear face masks may encourage passengers to lie (that they were not) in attempts to get free rides from the company.
Other drivers have expressed opposition to the new rule, citing the fact they are not employees under Uber should means they should not be forced to wear a face mask when driving.
As of now, there is no news on whether rival firms, such as Ola or Kapten, will also be implementing this rule.
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