An email sent to all UK drivers by ride-hailing firm Uber has claimed the ride-sharing firm are currently in talks with government officials about ways of utilising drivers.
With work levels for taxi and private hire drivers at almost zero, private hire firms and representatives of both trades are scrambling to strike a deal to get drivers back on the road and earning a living.
Uber’s Regional General Manager, Jamie Heywood, wrote to drivers explaining the company’s current plans and efforts, saying: “We believe that Uber can play an important role in keeping essential services moving over the coming weeks. We are talking to the Government and other companies about further ways we can help and you will be the first to hear of any development.
“This is a difficult time for everyone. You are providing a critical service to people across the country and we appreciate everything you do. We are committed to keeping you up to date in this ever-changing environment.”
The firm also said they are making efforts to get vehicle payment costs down to help lower driver overheads.
Addressing the issue of whether or not drivers are allowed to continue working, Heywood, wrote: “We want to assure you that you can continue to drive with Uber. The Government has classified transportation as a critical sector and this includes those who keep road options operating."
Unions and Trade Orgs representing the capital’s iconic black taxis are also pushing for the Government to consider using hackney carriage drivers to help ferry key workers around London, especially NHS staff who are working tirelessly to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sadiq Khan addressed public concerns over packed tubes, after footage appeared across social media showing commuters squashed within inches of one another during rush hour.
Khan stressed that more people need to stop using the tube during rush hour and revealed more and more NHS staff are becoming sick from the spread of the virus and are being forced into self-isolation.
The argument from trade representatives is; why not utilise taxis, which have separate passenger compartment, to assure the safe transportation for NHS staff.