MUMBAI: After cabs, Uber
has now ventured into the bus
business for the first time ever. The intention behind the move is to dissuade maximum office goers to leave behind their private cars at home and switch to buses which have carrying capacity in the range of 10 to 50 passengers, depending on bus model.
Uber officials on Wednesday announced the launch of a corporate bus shuttle service for companies to get employees to and from work safely in the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic
The service will be available in Mumbai and across other cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore, an official said.
The bus shuttles will offer organisations/ businesses 'tailor-made programs' for business and employee travel according to an individual company’s needs -- based on distances, specific schedules and routes.
"Since this is a service that Uber will offer organisations and businesses for employee travel, it can only be accessed by corporates that sign up for the service. Employees will be able to access trips on Uber Corporate Shuttle through their Uber app once it is linked by their employer," the official added.
"Apart from providing reliable, safe and cost-effective rides, the service also helps decongest cities, reduce pollution and free up office parking spaces," said Abhinav Mittoo, Head of Uber for Business, India and South Asia.
"Safety is also a top priority for Uber. The shuttle buses will include a comprehensive set of safety measures, including mandatory mask policy for both riders and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers, and mandatory driver education on safety SOPs," he added.
Another Uber official said, "The shuttle is a powerful alternative to commuting via car, trips that are often one person to a vehicle. It will certainly help reduce the volume of vehicles on the road."
A normal bus can carry passengers equivalent to nine cars and this can keep more private cars off roads.