Ola cabs are ready to resume plying from Tuesday, but with strict measures in place for both customers and drivers, as listed below:
Rules for customers:
- Wearing a mask is compulsory: All customers boarding the cab need to wear masks and should sanitize before and after every ride.
- AC to be switched off: To avoid re-circulation of air, the AC will be switched off and windows will be kept open during all rides.
- 2 passengers per car: Only two passengers per ride will be allowed in the cab. They will also be urged to sit by the windows on the rear of the car.
- Load and unload luggage themselves: To help maintain social distancing, customers are urged to load and unload luggage themselves.
- Cashless payments: Customers are encouraged to make cashless payments for the rides to avoid any unnecessary contact.
Rules for driver-partners:
- No travel in red zones: Vehicles will not operate to and from government-identified red or containment zones.
- Selfie-authentication of drivers: All driver-partners are required to wear masks and need to authenticate this before the start of every ride by sharing a selfie through their partner app.
- Equipped with hygiene kits: Driver-partners will be provided with masks, sanitizers and disinfectants and can avail these at all walk-in centres across their cities.
- Cars to be cleaned regularly: Common surfaces like the handle, inner handle and seat to be cleaned before every ride.
- Flexible cancellations: Drivers and customers are being given the option of cancelling a ride if the other is not wearing a mask to ensure their own safety as well that of subsequent users.
An Ola spokesperson said: “As per the latest guidelines issued by the Karnataka government today, driver-partners operating three and four-wheelers on the platform will be available to serve essential mobility on the Ola app, with the highest levels of safety precautions in the city of Bengaluru apart from Mysuru, Mangaluru, & Hubli-Dharwad. This also brings relief to tens of thousands of driver-partners whose livelihoods depend on serving citizens.”
“We are committed to raising the standards of safety and hygiene with our various initiatives to secure the well-being of both driver-partners and customers. Akin to the 100+ cities where Ola is now operational, enhanced protocols are applicable for the city. This includes compulsory mask usage for driver-partners and passengers, complete sanitization of cars post-trips, adhering to social distancing norms by limiting to two passengers per ride amongst other key steps through our ’10 Steps to a Safer Ride’ initiative,” he added.