Uber India to offer free rides to healthcare staff, Chennai Corporation officials

The free rides worth ₹25 lakh was part of Uber's global commitment to offer 10 million free rides

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Uber said it was already transporting frontline medical workers in over 35 hospitals across 23 cities under the UberMedic Service. Representational image: iStock

Ride-hailing firm Uber India on Friday (May 8) said it would offer free rides to healthcare workers and government officials of Greater Chennai Corporation engaged in COVID-19 related work under its ‘UberMedic Service’.

The free rides worth ₹25 lakh was part of Uber’s global commitment to offer 10 million free rides. Uber said it was already transporting frontline medical workers in over 35 hospitals across 23 cities under the UberMedic Service.

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“The Greater Chennai Corporation has been working tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Chennai. We feel privileged to be supporting them in these challenging times,” Prabhjeet Singh, Director operations and head (cities), Uber India and South Asia, said.

To ensure hygiene while transporting, the drivers of UberMedic were trained in safety procedures and also provided with personal protective equipment and disinfectants, he added.

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