Uber Technologies Inc will begin delivering disinfectant spray to selected drivers in the areas most affected by corona virus delivery, a senior executive said Thursday.
The company had promised to provide drivers with disinfectants in early March. Then all the local hubs were closed, places where drivers can get personal help or go to the bathroom, and left the drivers in the dark about where to get supplies.
Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president of global rides and platform operations at Uber, said on Twitter that the company had received a first batch of 30,000 bottles of cleaning spray from Atlanta-based Zep Inc.
He said selected drivers could place an order in the app and get shipping for free.
"First, we prioritize the most active drivers in some cities, including NYC," Macdonald wrote on Twitter, adding that the company is working to secure more deliveries.
Uber previously said vendors prioritized healthcare orders, with their own orders being queued multiple times.
Lyft Inc said last week that it had distributed many deliveries to drivers while the hubs were still open and is working to distribute them now, but declined to provide additional details.
Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Ride demand has stalled in most US cities, and the majority of Americans are currently blocked in some form.
The epidemic has also exposed drivers and businesses to the disadvantage of an ambiguous contract model, making drivers more vulnerable than traditional employees.
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