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Over 90,000 Drivers Benefit From Uber’s Driver Welfare Programme

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers

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As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme by Uber also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year.

Launched in 2018, Uber Care provides easy access to life insurance, family health insurance, micro-loan, etc to drivers. The top five cities where the maximum number of drivers were impacted are Delhi, Bangaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune.

“At Uber, we believe our role doesn’t end at creating opportunities by providing a platform to drivers. We have created a community of millions of drivers, and we continue to engage with them with a view to providing them with more to enrich their lives,” Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, Uber India SA, said in a statement.

As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others.

Health initiatives include medical check ups, and treatments of drivers and their families.

“Through our driver welfare arm, Uber Care, we have been successful in supporting and empowering thousands of drivers with improved access to life and health insurance, financial support, children’s education, and medical consultations.

“As we move ahead, we envision further strengthening access and impact of Uber Care, thereby enhancing drivers’ overall well being on and off the road,” he added.

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Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year. Wikimedia Commons

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers.

As part of Uber Kifayat, 34,000 car servicing packages have been facilitated, thus, resulting in overall savings worth Rs 95 lakh.

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The ride hailing major has also partnered with NGOs and experts to make the right to education more accessible to drivers’ children. (IANS)

 

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Are Women Better Drivers Than Men? Read This Article to Know More

Women can actually be better, safe drivers than men

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It is a common myth that women are not good at driving. Pixabay

Busting a common myth that women are bad at wheels, researchers now say that male drivers are more dangerous on the road and are also more likely to drive more dangerous types of vehicles.

Women may actually be better and safer drivers than men, they added.

The findings, published in the journal The BMJ, prompt the researchers to suggest that greater gender equity in road transport jobs, overall, might help lessen these risks.

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“We suggest policy-makers consider policies to increase gender balance in occupations that substantially involve driving, given the greater likelihood that other road users will be killed if men rather than women are driving or riding,” the researchers wrote.

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Women may actually be better and safer drivers than men, said researchers. Pixabay

For the findings, researchers at University of Westminster drew on four sets of official data for England for the period 2005-15: police injury statistics, Road Traffic Statistics, National Travel Survey data and Office for National Statistics population/gender figures.

They used the data to analyse the risks posed to other road users from bicycles, cars and taxis, vans, buses, lorries and motorbikes per billion vehicle kilometres travelled, and categorised by road type–major and minor roads in urban and rural areas–and gender.

In terms of absolute numbers, cars and taxis were associated with most (two-thirds) of fatalities to other road users.

But a comparison of fatalities per distance travelled shows that other vehicles might be even more dangerous.

According to the researchers, lorries were associated with one in six deaths to other road users: each km driven was associated with more than five times the number of such deaths than each km driven in a car. There was a similarly high death toll for buses per km driven.

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Men drive in a harsher manner than women. Pixabay

Despite their small size, motorbikes also put other road users at high risk. In urban areas, most of those deaths–173 over the entire study period–were pedestrians.

Analysis of the data by gender showed that men posed a significantly higher risk to other road users for five of the six-vehicle types studied.

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For cars and vans, the risk posed by male drivers was double that posed by women per km driven, rising to four times higher for lorry drivers, and more than 10 times higher for motorbike riders.

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In a linked podcast, the researchers pointed out that driving jobs tend to be male-dominated, citing the high death toll to other road users associated with lorries, 95 per cent of which are driven by men.

While lorries, in general, are dangerous vehicles, male lorry drivers pose a particularly high risk compared to female lorry drivers, she adds. (IANS)