National, 24th June 2020
As a part of RideSafeIndia initiative launched recently, Ola, India’s leading mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies announced their initiative towards ensuring superior vehicle standards for Ola Autos thereby increasing access to safe and convenient mobility solutions. All Ola Autos on the platform will be fitted with a protective partition screen between the driver-partner and passenger section as an additional layer of protection to ensure physical separation.
With the safety of the customers and drivers being the topmost priority, Ola is committed to investing in this category and ensuring the hygiene protocols and screens are being used across all the 120+ cities where Ola Autos operate in. Ola has set up a network of over 100 fumigation centres across the country to enable mandatory fumigation for all vehicles every 48 hours.
With social distancing being the order of the day, Ola Auto allows the customers to avail services at their doorstep making commuting convenient and hassle-free for all. As part of its RideSafeIndia initiative, Ola has enhanced cleanliness protocols, implemented vehicle sanitisation practices and incorporated technological advancements, for Ola Autos at no extra charge. Ola’s proprietary selfie authentication technology will also ensure that driver-partners are wearing masks while serving on the platform. Ola Autos also enable drivers to follow social distancing as they do not have to come in proximity to crowds at demand hotspots or auto-stands.
The company continues to drive ‘5 layers of safety’ across all Ola Auto rides, which requires both driver-partners and passengers to compulsorily wear masks, regular health checks for driver-partners and sanitization of the exposed parts of the vehicle before every ride. All Ola Auto drivers are equipped with hygiene kits consisting of masks, sanitisers and cleaning equipment. To ensure highest standards of hygiene and safety on every ride, all autos are fumigated thrice a week. A flexible cancellation policy has also been introduced to allow either party to cancel the ride if the other is not adhering to the guidelines.
Anand Subramanian, Spokesperson for Ola, said, “Being ubiquitous to India, Auto-Rickshaws are one of the most economical and widely used means to commute in our country. With these added safety measures for Ola Auto, both driver-partners and citizens are assured of a comfortable and safe ride. Ola’s five layers of safety bring the assurance of a high-quality ride, with the affordability and access of Ola Auto as a preferred first and last-mile mobility solution.”
Complying with State government regulations, Ola Autos will operate with no more than one driver and two passengers. The full list of cities where Ola Auto is operational can be found here. Please note that this list will be regularly updated.
Here is a video highlighting all safety protocols that are followed by Ola Autos
Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK including key global markets like London and Sydney. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2.5 million driver-partners.
Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric and Ola Fleet Technologies, India’s largest fleet management business. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands with India’s largest network of cloud kitchens through Ola Foods.
Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people.
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