In our monthly On-demand driving updates – May 2020 news summary. We’ve pull together the latest ridesharing and on-demand driving updates so you’re always on top of your game. Here’s what’s happened in April:

Splend insurance covers your car for all delivery services

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has confirmed that taxi and private hire drivers with hire or reward insurance (like Splend’s Zego insurance policy), will be covered to transport goods during COVID-19 restrictions. ‘Goods’ covers parcels, medical supplies, household goods, and groceries or takeaway meals.

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Uber announced the launch of ‘Uber Medics’

‘Uber Medics’ will offer NHS staff and care home organisations 25% discount on rides from 29 April. The drivers that complete these trips will receive the same fares as they would on normal Uber trips.

London’s most popular rideshare apps

At Splend we encourage our customers to sign up to multiple rideshare apps. That way you can increase your exposure and your chances to receive ride requests.

Here’s a comparison between the most popular rideshare apps in London, with all the pros and cons.

Social distancing measures are still in place

The Government’s latest announcement around lockdown restrictions made it clear that social distancing rules continue. People returning to work from 11 May should avoid public transport as much as possible, meaning more demand for trips.

The next steps announced include the reopening of schools by 1 June, and furthermore that of public places from 1 July.

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Driving for Amazon Flex – hear it from an experienced driver

Richie is one of the Splend customers who is maximising his income across multiple on-demand platforms including Amazon Flex, Deliveroo, and Uber Eats. He shared some valuable insights with us. 

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Non-essential retailers can reopen from 15 June

According to the Government’s latest announcement, stores and small independent shops can reopen from 15 June, if they follow social distancing measures. Garden centres have already reopened while pubs and restaurants are expected to open from 4 July, the earliest.

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