Uber has pledged to buy 270,000 packages of Clorox antiseptic wipes for New York City drivers as they reassure customers that they are safe on the road, the company said.
Uber will send 90,000 packages a month for the next three months. Most will be delivered directly to the driver, others will pick it up from one of Uber’s greenlight hubs.
Uber customers who call the car will receive an application notification that they want to disinfect the area around where they are sitting, if they arrive on their ride, they will have Chlorox wipes present,
The announcement came as the Uber Carnavirus epidemic caused more than 60 percent of its ridership to sink. The agency confirmed to the post that the rides have increased since their March and April lows, but are still below its pre-epidemic numbers.
Chad Dobbs, general manager of Uber in New York City, said in a statement, “We want drivers to be safe in order to move the world around again and give drivers confidence.”
Chicago and Atlanta-area drivers – two regions that were also severely affected by the epidemic – will also receive a combined 330,000 packages of Clorox Wipe.
The company has also trained trainers on how to disinfect vehicles, identifying surface riders and contacting them to target them for clearing space between trips such as arm wristbands, door handles and window buttons.
Uber has promised to send “millions” of face masks to its drivers in April to help slow the spread of the carnivirus.