Cab operators take precautions

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Many inter-city, as well as city cab drivers, have started wearing masks while working. They are also keeping hand sanitisers in the car for use after handling cash from customers.

PUNE: App-based cab aggregators are taking measures to maintain safety of their customers, driver-partners, employees and external partners after the COVID-19 outbreak.

A cab driver drove from Mumbai to Pune with 3 passengers last week. Later, all passengers, including the driver, suffered from coronavirus symptoms. They are still in the isolation ward at Naidu Hospital. Following this, several passengers booking cabs through apps have been asking drivers to maintain hygiene and sanitise properly. Many inter-city, as well as city cab drivers, have started wearing masks while working. They are also keeping hand sanitisers in the car for use after handling cash from customers.

Companies have taken measures to prevent coronavirus. They have urged customers to adhere to health guidelines, including personal hygiene and seeking immediate medical attention if they have any flu-like symptoms.

A statement issued by Ola stated, “The health and safety of our customers and driver-partners is a top priority. Our walk-in centres across cities have been equipped with a steady supply of advisory material, sanitisers and masks, which can be picked up and used by the driver-partners to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness for themselves and their vehicles.”

PRIVATE CAB DRIVER
Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar clarified that the cab driver who recently ferried a COVID-19 infected couple from Mumbai to Pune is a private cab driver and not working for a cab aggregator company.

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