Over the course of the coming months, Lyft plans to roll out vehicle partitions to drivers. This decision comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using vehicles with partitions to main social distance between drivers and riders.
Earlier in July, Lyft started providing partitions to frequent drivers and those in its Express Drive rental program in New York City, Dallas, and Atlanta. Now, they are planning to expand to Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Seattle.
According to a Lyft blog post, the company has “made tens of thousands of partitions available to U.S. drivers for free.” The company’s goal is to provide 50% ride coverage in those markets. In total, Lyft plans to expand to 30 regions and provide dividers to a total of 60,000 drivers. If a driver has a partition installed, they will be able to indicate that within the app. However, riders will not be able to select that they only wish to ride in vehicles with partitions.
While some drivers will receive partitions for free, this is not the case for everyone. Later this summer, Lyft plans to have a new online storefront designed to give drivers access to personal protective equipment, including partitions, cleaning supplies, and face masks. The company will not make a profit on the products sold through the online store. All of the products will be priced at cost and there will be no markup. Drivers will be alerted when partitions are available. The partitions are expected to cost in the realm of $50.
In response to the availability of partitions, Angie Westbrock, VP of Global Operations and Head of Lyft’s COVID-19 Response Taskforce, had this to say: “Our community is counting on us to put their health and safety first. By prioritizing the wellbeing of our drivers, our entire community gains extra peace of mind. We’re setting the bar for health and safety in rideshare and will continue to expand our programs and products to continue raising that bar.”
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