Ola resumes services in more cities across India today. This includes the states of Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu (except Chennai), Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Assam. It is based on the guidelines issued by the state governments as part of the fourth phase of coronavirus lockdown, the company said. With the latest round of service resumption, Ola services will now be available in over 160 cities.
Cab services were suspended ever since the lockdown was imposed in March. This was to contain coronavirus.
Ola resumes services: relief to the drivers
The company said it has mandated driver-partners and customers to follow five-precautionary steps. Encouraging them to practise social distancing, sanitisation measures, and personal hygiene etiquette at all times.
The resumption also brings relief to the families of the cab and auto-rickshaw drivers. The drivers who had lost their source of income due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown, it said.
Ola said it commits to raising the standards of safety and hygiene with its various initiatives. To secure the well-being of both driver-partners and customers.
Ola’s safety precautions
“In all of the 160+ cities where Ola is now operational. However, enhanced safety protocols are applicable across every single trip,” Ola said in a statement. “This includes compulsory mask usage for driver-partners and passengers, complete sanitisation 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.’ We urge all users to strictly adhere to local guidelines to undertake only essential trips with all safety precautions.”
Also, there will be only two passengers in the car for social distancing. The passengers will sit by the windows on the rear of the car.
To avoid unnecessary contact, Ola said it requested passengers to prefer cashless payments.
In conclusion, Ola services resume in 160+ cities in India, with all the safety measures as per Covid-19 guidelines.