• Home
  • Apps
  • Apps News
  • Uber Says It Has Spent $19 Million on Coronavirus Financial Assistance for Drivers

Uber Says It Has Spent $19 Million on Coronavirus Financial Assistance for Drivers

Half of that amount was paid out to 12,350 drivers and delivery workers in the United States and Canada, Uber's largest market.

Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
Uber Says It Has Spent $19 Million on Coronavirus Financial Assistance for Drivers

Uber said that the compensation varied depending on the driver's location

Highlights
  • Uber did not provide a breakdown of payments in other countries
  • Uber earlier allocated $50 million to supply drivers with protective gear
  • North American drivers received an average of nearly $650

Uber on Thursday for the first time detailed how much it has spent to support its ride-hail drivers and food delivery workers during the coronavirus crisis, which has battered the company and forced it to lay off thousands of employees.

The company said in a blog post it had spent $19 million (roughly Rs. 144 crores) as of mid-May in direct two-week financial assistance to a total of nearly 48,900 drivers worldwide who were infected by the virus or ordered to quarantine.

Half of that amount was paid out to 12,350 drivers and delivery workers in the United States and Canada, Uber's largest market and where it has some 1.3 million drivers.

Under the program announced in mid-March, North American drivers received an average of nearly $650 (roughly Rs.49,000), but payout amounts varied widely by location, with Uber limiting the maximum payment per city and calculating support based on prior earnings.

Uber did not provide a breakdown of payments in other countries, but a spokesman said financial assistance has been provided in all of the more than 70 countries it operates in.

The spokesman said drivers' demand for support also varied depending on the existing social safety net in individual countries.

Ride-hail drivers in online forums have complained about an arduous approval process to receive financial support. In the United States, many drivers also struggled to receive unemployment benefits, typically reserved for employees.

Uber insists its drivers are independent contractors, but in March it urged the US president to include gig-economy workers in a federal [coronavirus](https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tags/coronavirus) relief bill so drivers could receive unemployment benefits.

Uber previously said it has allocated $50 million (roughly Rs. 379 crores) to supply drivers with masks and disinfectants and purchased some 28 million masks. Almost half a million drivers and delivery people have received safety supplies to date, the company said.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


Is Redmi Note 9 Pro Max the best affordable camera phone in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

Affiliate links may be automatically generated - see our ethics statement for details.
Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Uber, Coronavirus, COVID 19
How Big Unions Smooth the Way for Amazon Worker Protests
Samsung Galaxy M51 to Launch in July, Galaxy M31s Reported to Be in the Works

Related Stories

 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2020. All rights reserved.
Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com