Uber and Uber Eats have partnered with Reckitt Benckiser (RB) to provide drivers access to free health and hygiene kits, including hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
According to the rideshare platform, the free kits make up part its $50 million global commitment “to help provide equipment for clean and hygienic rides” in response to COVID-19.
Under the agreement, RB will supply Dettol-branded products including Dettol Disinfectant Wipes and Dettol Instant Hand Sanitizer, to eligible drivers and delivery partners.
Dom Taylor, general manager of Uber Australia, said the initiative comes at no extra cost for riders or driver partners.
“We’re thrilled to work with RB to ensure our partners have access to the sanitising products they need, at no cost to them. Our focus is helping make driver partners feel supported and that riders can have confidence that steps have been taken to help make their trip hygienically clean. This initiative comes at no extra cost for riders or driver partners.”
Henry Turgoose, marketing director, RB Health Australia, said: “As government travel restrictions begin to ease, many Australians are assessing their transport options, considering hygiene practices while on the move.
‘The Uber app plays an important role in helping get many of us from A to B, and we’re thrilled to help provide germ protection to both driver partners and riders who use the Uber app both now and beyond the restrictions.”
Uber said it is also working to introduce a new interface on the Uber app that will let people know when their driver partner has Dettol products available on a trip.
The investment is in addition to new cleaning and sanitisation videos for driver and delivery partners which include information and tips on the best way to sanitise vehicles and delivery bags, including the various touch points throughout a ride-share or delivery vehicle.
The company has also introduced a new Go Online Checklist, which asks partners to confirm that they’ve taken certain safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 before they go online.
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