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Uber forms TSA to help contain COVID-19 spread

FE Report | Published: May 31, 2020 09:59:10 | Updated: June 02, 2020 10:58:30


The Logo of taxi company Uber is seen on the roof of a private hire taxi in Liverpool, Britain on April 15, 2019 — Reuters/Files The Logo of taxi company Uber is seen on the roof of a private hire taxi in Liverpool, Britain on April 15, 2019 — Reuters/Files

Uber has spearheaded formation of a Transport Safety Alliance (TSA) to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and set the highest safety standards in these challenging times.

In partnership with DBL Pharma, Zantrik, Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser) and Fresh Tissue, the alliance is expected to create safety awareness amongst the consumers and equip drivers with necessary health and safety supplies to ensure safer rides, according to a statement.

The TSA will distribute key safety supplies such as masks, soaps, tissues and sanitisers to its drivers from Zantrik-provided distribution points.

Reckitt Benckiser will provide Dettol soap bars free of charge and Fresh will contribute tissue paper boxes for distribution among the drivers.

In April, DBL Pharma had sponsored all costs of a 3rd party-led offline initiative, Project Crack Platoon, for free transportation of healthcare professionals using the Uber driver partners, who were funded and provided with full-bodied PPE.

This time around, DBL will provide masks for Uber driver-partners, said the statement.

Ratul Ghosh, Head of East India & Bangladesh of Uber, said, "In these challenging times, the one thing that hasn't changed is Uber's commitment towards the economy, safety of our communities, and to #MoveWhatMatters. We formed this alliance with the single objective of joining forces with reputed organisations and brands to provide the highest safety standards. I am thankful to all our partners for their valuable contributions."

"As always, we will continue to invest in tech, safety protocols and will comply with all government guidelines to help keep everyone who uses the Uber platform safe," Ratul added in the statement.

"We believe Dettol has a critical role to play in promoting hygiene and health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and we are trying to take every measure to ensure that. We are thankful to all the partners and committed to ensure the objectives of this alliance are achieved." said, Vishal Gupta, General Manager at Reckitt Benckiser (Bangladesh) Ltd.

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