Uber Unveils New Requirements for All Drivers and Passengers

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things have drastically changed. We must stand six feet apart in the line at the supermarket; we must refrain from gathering in groups; and as of May 18, all Uber drivers and passengers are required to wear either a mask or a face covering. 

For the past couple of months, Uber has encouraged all non-essential workers to stay home and not take an Uber. But as things begin to open back up again, the company faces all new challenges. 

In light of the coronavirus, Uber has released quite a few new features to its ridesharing experience. The following changes were implemented and are now in effect:

1. Online Checklists

Riders and drivers are now obligated to confirm that they have taken specific steps to help stop COVID-19 from spreading.

2. Mask Verification

Drivers will be asked to take a selfie wearing their mask prior to accepting trips. Uber’s new technology will be able to determine that the driver is wearing a facemask or covering. 

3. New Feedback Options

Uber wants both drivers and passengers to remain accountable for wearing a mask or face covering. In an effort to uphold this accountability, Uber is supporting drivers and riders to cancel their trips without penalty if they feel unsafe. This may include that someone is not wearing a mask. Drivers and riders who continuously fail to meet this requirement may lose all Uber privileges. 

4. New Passenger Limits

In order to ensure that passengers remain a certain distance apart, Uber is now advising riders using UberX and Uber XL to no longer sit in the front seat. Therefore there will be one less seat available. 

5. Rideshare Health Safety Education

Uber has also put together safety tips and recommendations for ridesharing and food delivery. They did so by working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to these rules, Uber has allocated $50 million to purchase supplies such as masks, disinfectant sprays and wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves for drivers. 

The company maintains a strong commitment to overseeing that its drivers and riders remain safe as things move forward. 

The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Ridesharing Accident

If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Ridesharing Attorney. 

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our Cincinnati Ridesharing attorneys have helped our clients to recover the compensation that they deserve. We will fight for what is in your best interest. We don’t charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!