The global effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus has forced businesses and individuals alike to rethink the way they operate and adjust their lifestyle to the lockdown. This hasn’t been easy for any of us, but aside from the difficulties, it’s also shown just how adaptable we are when we’re pushed out of our comfort zones.
Supporting each other has gained a whole new meaning in recent weeks, and you don’t have to be fighting on the front line as a health worker, nor be placed under quarantine to feel that something has changed in the atmosphere. Life as an on-demand driver hasn’t been the same ever since the first days of the lockdown—not just on the streets, but also in the online space.
Rideshare apps, car providers, influencers, and even the Government are in full swing to keep mobility workers active, well-informed, and most of all, healthy. As the situation progresses it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay on top of the news flow, so we’ve gathered the most important resources into one place.
Here’s some of the most important information you need to be aware of as an on-demand driver. Bookmark this list and check back on a regular basis as we’ll be updating the resources as they become available.
- How can you use your car for more than just ridesharing
- Uber Medics – a helping hand for the NHS as well as drivers
- How we’re supporting our members through the coronavirus crisis
- Applying for government support as an on-demand driver
- A welcome measure from TfL – ULEZ and Congestion Charge lifted
- ABI update – Hire or Reward insurance to cover deliveries
- DfT update – 6-month MoT exemption for car owners
- Free sanitation supplies via Uber
- Staying safe as a rideshare driver during the epidemic
- Driving safely during Ramadan
- How to clean your car
How can you use your car for more than just ridesharing
Your car is the most important tool in your work as a driver, but you can use it for so much more than ridesharing. As the demand for Uber and other mobility apps has decreased in recent weeks, we prepared a useful resource with the best parcel and food delivery apps you can sign up to, with a handy list of requirements and sign-up information for each.
Uber Medics – a helping hand for the NHS as well as drivers
Uber has recently introduced Uber Medics, a new feature in the rider app aimed to provide a safe travel solution for healthcare workers and keep rideshare demand afloat at the same time.
Uber incentivises healthcare workers to use ridesharing for commute by covering 25% of their fare. You receive the same amount of money as you would for any other ride, but see an increased demand for rides to and from hospitals.
How we’re supporting our members through the coronavirus crisis
At Splend we help on-demand drivers steer their careers to success. This is not only true under normal circumstances, but also when it comes to surviving in an economic crisis.
We’ve reduced our Rent and Rent to own weekly payments by £70 and £75, respectively and we review and update our terms and conditions on a regular basis to help deal with this difficult situation as it evolves.
Check out Uber’s financial assistance package too.
Applying for government support as an on-demand driver
The Government is aware that on-demand drivers and other self-employed workers are particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak and its economic implications.
The self-employed support scheme may allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. Check out the eligibility criteria on the link below.
A welcome measure from TfL – ULEZ and Congestion Charge lifted
From late March, TfL has suspended all road user charging schemes in London in an effort to make travelling easier for the capital’s critical workforce such as the NHS staff as streamlined as possible.
This is also welcome news for on-demand drivers such as yourself. In essence, it means you can now accept rides and delivery requests to and from the city centre at no extra expense.
ABI update – Hire or Reward insurance to cover deliveries
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has confirmed that the hire or reward insurance will also cover the transport of goods during the lockdown.
In other words, if your insurance paperwork is approved for Uber and other ridesharing apps, you’re also safe to drive for any parcel or food delivery app.
DfT update – 6-month MoT exemption for car owners
The Department for Transport announced that starting from March 30th all cars, vans, and motorcycles which usually would require an MoT test will be exempted. They introduced this measure to help people to carry on with essential travel and enable frontline staff to get to work.
Health and safety
Free sanitation supplies via Uber
Uber now offers a £25 one-time reimbursement if you buy personal protective equipment such as surgical masks, single-use gloves, or coverall aprons. All you need to do is buy the equipment and upload a copy of the receipt to your Uber account along with a photo of the equipment you bought. Uber will wire the reimbursement in your next payment cycle. You can find more details under the help section in the Uber Driver app.
In addition to the reimbursement, you can also claim a free sanitation pack including 25 masks, a bottle of surface sanitizer, and hand sanitizer in either gel or spray form. Open the link below, choose your preferred package, and at checkout enter your Uber promo code. Check your inbox to find your unique promo code.
Staying safe as a rideshare driver during the epidemic
It’s for your health and safety as well as your passengers and clients. You can and should do much more than just wash your hands regularly and wear a face mask.
Check out our guide for tips and tutorials on how to avoid contamination and what you can do in your day-to-day work to curb the spread of the virus.
Check out Uber’s COVID-19 driver safety and wellbeing guide too.
Driving safely during Ramadan
The beginning of Ramadan has caught us in arguably the most uncertain days of the lockdown. However, the holy month does present its own set of challenges, especially if you are fasting.
We compiled a week-by-week set of driving and lifestyle tips to help you stay safe and focused during this challenging period of the year.
How to clean your car
Washing your hands frequently is crucial to your health and that of others, and that’s especially true during this epidemic. But that’s far from all. Your car is your companion on the roads, with plenty of frequently-touched surfaces to keep clean.
Take a moment to study this infographic, and use it as a checklist when cleaning your car to make sure you don’t miss any spots that may present an infection hazard.
TfL update – private hire driving during the lockdown
Transport for London has compiled a set of resources to inform private hire drivers about the temporary arrangements currently in effect. Check it out on the link below:
What’s changed at Splend
The safety of our members and staff continues to be our number one priority. We’ve aligned our operations with the Government’s restrictions and advice, so we can look out for each other more and do our part in flattening the curve.
Check out the link below to find out when, where and how can you get in touch with us, whether you want a car, book an appointment, or need our assistance with anything else.
At Splend we help on-demand drivers thrive, and we continue to help our members through the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Our dedicated Member Success Representatives and Member Care Team are on standby to answer any questions you might have.
Simply call us on 0333 016 4331