Lyft introduced Friday that it is going to present hundreds of plastic partitions to drivers to place between the back and front seats. The firm mentioned the thought is to higher defend drivers from the unfold of the novel coronavirus. Frequent drivers in choose cities will get the partitions without spending a dime, whereas different drivers should purchase the obstacles by Lyft’s on-line store.
“By prioritizing the wellbeing of our drivers, our entire community gains extra peace of mind,” Angie Westbrock, Lyft’s vp of world operations, mentioned in a weblog publish.
Ride-hail drivers have skilled a tough time in the course of the pandemic. Many have seen their earnings decimated as shelter-in-place orders have reverberated across the nation. Other drivers have, the illness attributable to the coronavirus, or had difficulties and help from Uber and Lyft. At least six drivers are identified to have died from the illness.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that folks keep away from sitting in confined areas with strangers, corresponding to a automotive, to decrease the danger of coronavirus an infection. The company additionally says placing a partition between the back and front seats may assist keep the gap between drivers and passengers.
Lyft had been advising drivers to, which it partnered with on the finish of March. But, earlier this month, the corporate started giving the obstacles to pick out “highly active” drivers in Atlanta, Denver and Baltimore. It’s now expanded that program to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Phoenix, Dallas and New York City.
Lyft mentioned its purpose is to have 50% of rides in these cities be in automobiles with partitions. It plans to develop this system to a complete of 30 areas throughout the nation in “coming months.” At that time, the corporate mentioned 60,000 drivers could have obtained the free obstacles.
But all of Lyft’s greater than 1 million different drivers can be on their very own. For them, Lyft mentioned “later this summer” it can make the partitions out there for buy in its Lyft Store. Along with partitions, drivers can purchase cleansing provides and face masks on the on-line retailer. Lyft emphasised that it is not making a revenue on the provides, however moderately offering them to drivers at value. It did say the third get together that facilitates the Lyft Store will add a small markup.
“Lyft charging drivers for basic safety equipment during a global pandemic is obviously shameful, but not surprising,” Jerome Gage, Lyft driver and chief with the driving force group Mobile Workers Alliance, mentioned in an e mail. “It combines the two things that gig companies love doing most — treating drivers as disposable and forcing drivers to absorb all the costs of doing business while they reap the profits.”
Lyft mentioned it expects the partitions to value drivers round $50. It’ll promote reusable fabric face masks for $1.92 and packs of 50 disposable face masks for $26.50. A 10-ounce pump of hand sanitizer gel will value $4.92 and a 32-ounce canister of disinfectant can be $6.59.
The firm had been handing out free masks and cleansing provides at sure driver facilities in particular cities. But drivers mentionedor the facilities have been too far-off to entry. Lyft mentioned it will proceed that program however provide ranges will differ relying on the placement. The firm added that it is now beginning to ship its “most active drivers” a free security package, which has a fabric face masks, sanitizer and disinfectant.
Lyft joined Uber in May inwhereas on rides. Both corporations are additionally giving in-app suggestions, like retaining home windows rolled down throughout journeys, and making riders and drivers .