NEW DELHI: Ride-hailing service from India, Ola on Monday said it's begun normal ride operations in additional than 160 cities once again with enhanced safety protocols applicable with every trip as per the state governments guidelines.
The company said that driver-partners operating three and four-wheelers on the platform are going to be able to assist mobility needs on Ola app, with highest levels of safety measures in states sensitive to the virus like Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu (except Chennai), Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Assam.
These recently initiated safety protocols include "compulsory mask usage for driver-partners and passengers, full sanitization of cars post-trips, adhering to social distancing norms by limiting to 2 passengers per ride among other key steps through their '10 Steps to a Safer Ride' initiative," a company representative said during a statement.
Ola vehicles will however not operate to and from government identified red or containment zones.
"All driver-partners are required to wear masks and need to verify this before the beginning of each ride by sharing a selfie through their partner app," said Ola.
Ola is even giving drivers and customers an opportunity of cancelling the ride if anyone of them is seen not wearing the mask.
To evade re-circulation of air, the AC on all rides is going to be switched off and windows are going to be kept open during all rides.
Meanwhile, Uber India said it's resumed ride services in 34 different cities.
The company said that riders will continually be notified with further information and also the status of specific cities through its app.
Among the cities where Uber has resumed operations include Gurugram, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Udaipur, Vapi and Visakhapatnam.
Not more than two riders would be permitted to travel, besides the driver and nobody should be seated right next to the driver.