- Uber has suspended its shared-ride service in the United States of America and Canada in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus
- The company indicated that it has also waived the delivery fee on its Uber Eats service in certain regions
- Uber is in the process of implementing the decision in other countries in which it operates
Uber has announced a suspension of its shared-ride services and waived delivery fees on its Uber Eats service in selected countries.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the ride-hailing company stated that the idea is to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the vice-president of Uber Rides and Platform, Andrew Macdonald, the company intends to “flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve”.
Techcrunch reports that the ban applies to Uber’s operations in Canada and the United States of America.
Uber’s drivers who get infected by the coronavirus would also enjoy financial assistance and placed in quarantine by public health authorities.
They would also receive payments via a structure based on the average earning of the driver in the last six months.
Information available shows that Uber is in the process of implementing the decision in countries in which they run the pooled rides.
The decision does not apply to the company’s on-demand rides for individual bookings.
Uber informed its customers to travel only when necessary and prioritise personal safety.
The Uber Eats service would waive the delivery fee for local restaurants in Canada and the USA.
It would allow requests for the delivery of food at doorsteps by couriers as well as commit over 300 000 meals to healthcare workers.
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