Ola partners with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to enable essential medical trips in Mumbai

  • BMC has been provided with dedicated cars for every ward in the city to ferry health workers and paramedical staff across wards and their homes

Mumbai, April 15, 2020: Ola, India’s leading mobility platform, today announced its partnership with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to support essential mobility during COVID-19. Ola has provided a dedicated fleet of cars to BMC, in order to help ferry medical staff, healthcare workers and paramedical staff from homes to hospitals in Mumbai. The cars will also be used to ferry doctors and BMC officials across Mumbai to help the frontline warriors fight against COVID- 19.

Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister of Health, Government of Maharashtra, said We are happy to partner with Ola and help ferry doctors, health-care workers and hundreds of frontline workers to help them perform their essential duties. We look forward to working with Ola to find more ways of helping Mumbaikars in our fight against COVID-19 in the true spirit of the city.”

Speaking on the partnership, Anand Subramanian, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, Ola, said, We stand committed to our resolve of ensuring help to as many people during these turbulent times. This partnership will play an essential role in transporting COVID warriors like frontline and healthcare workers who are helping us in these crucial and testing times. We are thankful to BMC for the opportunity and will continue to work with them to enable essential mobility in Mumbai.” 

Ola is working closely with the authorities to ensure all drivers and cars are equipped with essentials like masks and sanitizers and will also make certain that the earmarked cars will be thoroughly disinfected regularly.

Recently, the company launched a new category called ‘Ola Emergency’ in Bangalore, Vizag, and Nashik, to help citizens get to hospitals for non-COVID related medical trips. Over the course of the lockdown, Ola has implemented a host of measures intended to bolster support for citizens, drivers community. Most recently, the company announced that Ola Group has pledged a sum of ₹5 crores to the PM-Cares Fund to support COVID-19 relief measures at a national level and also committed a sum of ₹3 crores towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of multiple states.

About Ola
Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK including key global markets like London and Sydney. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2.5 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric and Ola Fleet Technologies, India’s largest fleet management business. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands with India’s largest network of cloud kitchens through Ola Foods.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people.

For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media.

Ola Group contributes INR 5 crores towards PM CARES Fund and INR 3 crores towards Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of various states to support COVID-19 relief measures

Bengaluru, 9th April 2020: Ola Group, which operates Ola, India’s largest mobility platform, has pledged a sum of INR 5 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES)  Fund to support COVID-19 relief measures at a national level. The Group has also committed a sum of INR 3 crores towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of various states. The Ola Group includes various business units including its ride-hailing arm, Ola Mobility, Ola Financial Services, Ola Foods and Ola Electric.   

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola Group said, “The outbreak of COVID-19 is a major global crisis and this is the time for the entire nation to come together to fight this pandemic. Both the Central and State Governments are working round the clock and have taken several proactive steps to contain the threat of Coronavirus in India. We salute the relentless efforts of the Government and humbly extend our contribution of  INR 5 crores to the PM CARES Fund and a sum of INR 3 crores to the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of various states to support COVID-19 relief measures across the country.” 

He further added, “From healthcare workers to essential supplies providers, to the hundreds of thousands of officials, law enforcement personnel, and various frontline civil service workers, we are grateful for the services of those who are going beyond their call of duty to help the people of our nation. We at Ola will continue to work towards supporting the Government’s efforts and help our communities in every way possible.”

Ola Foundation, the social welfare arm of the company, had recently launched the ‘Drive the Driver Fund.’ The fund aims to support cab, auto-rickshaw, and kaali-peeli taxi drivers across the country, through contributions from the Ola Group and through a crowdfunding platform for citizens and institutions. The Ola Group and its employees have already contributed INR 20 crores towards this cause, while Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola has forgone his 1 year’s salary towards the fund. This long term fund will help drivers and their families through and beyond this pandemic, through various initiatives including financial support for medical emergencies as well as essential supplies distribution in driver communities.

About Ola
Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric; India’s largest fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies and Ola Skilling that aims to enable millions of livelihood opportunities for India’s youth. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands through India’s largest network of kitchens under its Food business.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media

Ola Foundation to leverage Milaap’s platform to disburse financial support for medical emergencies under ‘Drive the Driver Fund’

  • Milaap will help Ola Foundation with its efforts to help drivers and their families manage expenses for medical emergencies and critical care
  • The Milaap platform will receive, evaluate and action requests from drivers and their families in need of support

National, 8 April, 2020: Ola Foundation, the social welfare arm of Ola, has partnered with Milaap, South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform, to action requests of financial support for medical emergencies and critical illness for drivers and their families under the ‘Drive the Driver Fund’. The Milaap platform will be leveraged towards identifying, evaluating and allocating aid to those drivers who would need financial assistance for medical emergencies for themselves or their immediate family members.

Owing to the lockdown, the livelihoods of Cab, Auto and Taxi drivers across the country have been impacted. A medical emergency at such times can be extremely difficult for them to manage. Through Ola Foundation’s ‘Drive the Driver Fund’, Milaap will help manage incoming requests from drivers for medical expenses, both for themselves or their families.

As a part of this partnership, Milaap will evaluate incoming requests through its platform as well as evaluate the funds towards this initiative. Drivers operating on the Ola platform can seek support from this initiative by directly accessing the ‘Ola Foundation’ section on their partner-app. On the profile section of the app, the driver-partners can click on the tab ‘Drive the Driver Welfare Fund’ and seek assistance. Cabs, Autos or Taxi drivers from across the country can seek support by following simple steps after calling a registered IVR number 080 4683 1460 that has been set up for this purpose, which will be managed by Milaap, for the pilot phase of the program. 

Pranay Jivrajka, Co-founder, Ola & Trustee, Ola Foundation, said, “Drivers and their families across the country are going through a very difficult phase amidst the lockdown and a medical emergency in the family can cause severe financial strains during this time. Ola Foundation’s Driver the Driver Fund aims to help drivers through this phase, by supporting such emergency cases financially. Milaap, with its expertise in evaluation and funding of various causes across the board, will help with the operational structure to swiftly evaluate and process incoming requests from drivers and their families. We look forward to extending the support and wishes that the fund has received from the tens of thousands of contributors to as many families through this initiative, as we come out of this phase stronger together.”

Speaking on this partnership, Mayukh Choudhury, Co-founder & CEO, Milaap said, “Trust and Verification are as crucial as the fundraising activity itself. Over the years, we have built our competence in verifications for healthcare crowdfunding, to ensure that donor money is spent exactly the way it was committed to the donors. We are delighted that Ola Foundation lays equal importance to a meticulous verification process and we are happy to offer our Trust & Verification Services to help in a grand success of the Driver Fund.”

Ola Foundation launched the Drive the Driver Fund to support Cab, Auto-rickshaw and Kaali-Peeli Taxi drivers towards welfare and support initiatives through and beyond the phase of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, given the impact it has left on the driver community and their families. Ola is looking to raise a sum of INR 50cr towards this long term contingency fund with the company and its employees having committed a sum of INR 20cr towards the fund over the year.  Individuals and institutions can make their contributions to the fund on https://ola.foundation/donate.

About Ola Foundation:

Ola Foundation is a private charitable trust formed under the Indian Trusts Act. The Foundation, backed by Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd), aims to enable sustainable livelihood for women across India through programs that enable financial and social empowerment. Its most recent initiative, Drive The Driver Fund aims to bring relief to families of drivers across the country through and beyond the difficult times as a result of COVID-19. For more details, visit https://ola.foundation/

For press enquiries, please email media@olacabs.com

About Milaap:

Milaap is South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform for personal needs, especially healthcare and related needs. Constantly endeavouring to make it easier for people to raise money online for the causes that matter to them, the platform enables lay-people to raise funds for personal causes and emergencies, especially for tertiary healthcare like Cancer care, organ transplants and accidents. Milaap’s community of funders come from over 130 countries across the world and have contributed over 800 crores for 200,000+ projects across India. Over the last eight years, Milaap has become a preferred platform for people to raise and contribute towards the causes they care about in India. Milaap.org is constantly working to take crowdfunding to the masses. The website has over 2.5 million page views every month and is growing 3x yearly. The platform constantly adds new features based on user feedback to ensure a hassle-free experience. The e-mail support extends over 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is rendered via a dedicated team that hand-holds users through any procedure on the website.

For media enquiries, contact: Megha Saxena | pr@milaap.org 

‘Ola Emergency’ launched in Bengaluru for essential medical trips in partnership with Ministry of Health, KA

  • Service begins in Bengaluru with a network of trained drivers and clean and equipped cars; looks  to launch in other major cities soon
  • Ola has enabled over 200+ Hospitals in Bengaluru to provide the service to citizens
  • Service
  • Service in the city to enable medical trips that are non-COVID and do not require an ambulance 

Bengaluru, April 7, 2020: Ola, India’s leading mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride hailing companies, today announced the launch of ‘Ola Emergency’ on its app to enable essential medical trips on its platform in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Government of Karnataka. The new category will bring a much needed mobility solution for many citizens who do not have a mode of transport to access a hospital in case of a medical emergency.

‘Ola Emergency’ is available in Bengaluru starting today with a network of cars that are equipped with masks and sanitizers and will be operated by specially trained drivers. To book an ‘Ola Emergency’ cab, citizens can select the category “Enabled for Hospitals” on their Ola app, and enter the drop location from a list of available hospitals in the city. Ola has enabled over 200 hospitals on its app to provide the service and ensure cabs are used only for essential medical travel. The service will be available across Bengaluru and is slated to soon launch in other major cities.

Shri B. Sriramulu, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka speaking at the launch said “After the lockdown, for COVID-19 all 108 ambulances are being used. To ensure citizens are not troubled, Ola has come forward and will transport people with all cases of medical trips and emergencies that don’t require an ambulance, between homes and hospitals, for a minimal charge. This permission has been provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to provide an essential service to the citizens in need.”

Speaking on ‘Ola Emergency’ services, Anand Subramanian, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, Ola, said, “Ola Emergency will help thousands of citizens get access to quick, convenient and safe transport for trips from home to hospital and vice versa, amidst the minimal availability of transportation during this time. With a dedicated network of sanitised cars and trained drivers, the service will be available 24×7 on the Ola app for citizens of Bengaluru.” 

He further added, “We thank the Karnataka State Govt for the opportunity to collaborate in serving our citizens in these challenging times. We will continue to collaborate with Central and State Governments to provide hassle-free mobility solutions for essential travel and make similar services available in more cities soon.”

Ola is working with the authorities to ensure all drivers and cars are equipped with essential protective equipment like masks and sanitizers, and will ensure the service is used only for medical travel that is non-COVID and doesn’t require an ambulance like dialysis, chemotherapy, scheduled check-ups and physical injuries among others. Customers will be charged a nominal fare to compensate driver-partners for their services. 

Last week, Ola collaborated with the Karnataka State Government and stakeholders like the Corona Task Force, to help ferry senior citizens in need of medical support across Bangalore, and Hubli-Dharwad. Through ‘Ola Foods’ the company has been supporting various efforts to provide migrant workers with quality, hygienic food in Bengaluru. Additionally, Ola Foundation, the social welfare arm of the company, had recently launched the ‘Drive the Driver Fund’ to support cab, auto-rickshaw, and kaali-peeli taxi drivers across the country, through contributions from the Ola Group and through a crowdfunding platform for citizens and institutions.

About Ola:
Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric; India’s largest fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies and Ola Skilling that aims to enable millions of livelihood opportunities for India’s youth. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands through India’s largest network of kitchens under its Food business.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media.

Governments leveraging the potential of Gig Workers in Fight against COVID-19, says report by Ola Mobility Institute

  • Social Partnerships between governments and platform companies are playing a crucial role in relief measures and crisis management
  • Gig workers are ensuring safety of citizens across the globe by providing essential transportation, goods and services at doorstep to enable stay at home

National, 7 April, 2020: Ola Mobility Institute (OMI), a policy research and social innovation think-tank, has released a report, “Leveraging and Protecting the Gig Economy against COVID-19 – Measures by Gig Economy and Governments around the World.” This report summarises the actions of both government and platform companies in leveraging the gig economy to fight against COVID-19.

Gig workers around the world from ride-hailing to delivery & professional services have stepped up their efforts to ensure minimal disruption to life for the public. The report highlights the role of governments, platforms companies and gig workers in providing essential services to society, crisis management, accelerating recovery and building resilience.

Speaking on the report, Carson Dalton, Senior Director, Ola Mobility Institute said, “COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis of our time. Under these extraordinary circumstances, gig workers and platform companies are adapting quickly and leveraging their workforce to ensure transportation services, delivery of essential commodities and medicines are available to the most vulnerable populations.” He further added, “Social Partnerships and agility of platform companies are helping people tide over this crisis.”

The COVID-19 outbreak has put a pause on established healthcare and economic systems in the world, necessitating large-scale economic and financial interventions by governments and businesses to minimise the hardships. OMI’s report provides an outlook into the fiscal and non-fiscal measures adopted by governments and platform companies around the world specifically for gig workers due to this global pandemic.

The report calls for a collective effort to strengthen social partnership with platform companies to fast-track the recovery process from the crisis and build a resilient future.

The report can be downloaded here.

About Ola Mobility Institute:

Ola Mobility Institute (OMI) is a policy research and social innovation think-tank of Ola that is focussed on developing knowledge frameworks at the intersection of mobility and public good. The Institute concerns itself with public research on the social and economic impact of mobility as a service, electric mobility, climate change, future of work and the mobility economy, transit-oriented planning, digitalisation of mobility, accessibility, safety, and gender. Follow @OlaMobilityInst on Twitter.

Ola launches ‘Drive the Driver Fund’ to offer relief to the driver community; Enables citizen contribution to facilitate emergency support and essential supplies

  • Fund launched under Ola Foundation and will look to help auto-rickshaw, cab, kaali-peeli and taxi drivers and their families who are currently facing restricted income
  • Ola Group and employees contribute initial capital of 20 Cr to the fund; Co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal to forgo salary for 1 year  
  • Launches crowdfunding campaign to allow citizens to contribute to the fund; Intends to raise upto 50 Cr. 

National, 27 March, 2020: Two days after the nation-wide lockdown which has left the country’s drivers without any daily income, Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platform, today announced the launch of ‘Drive the Driver Fund’ under the aegis of its social welfare arm, Ola Foundation. The fund aims to support auto-rickshaw, cab, kaali-peeli and taxi drivers, through contributions from the Ola group, investors and via a crowdfunding platform for citizens and other institutions. The proceeds of the fund will help towards the welfare and upliftment of drivers and their families who have been affected by the restrictions due to the Covid- 19 pandemic.

The mobility industry has been brought to a grinding standstill during these stressed times, and the driver community has been finding it hard to pay for their family expenses without a source of income. Ola’s initiative aims to bring together multiple stakeholders in the ecosystem such as customers, investors and partner organisations to participate in supporting millions of drivers and their families. The Ola group and its employees will contribute 20 crores, while Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Ola will forgo 1 year’s salary, both of which shall go towards the fund.

This initiative will focus on key areas such as emergency support and essential supplies, which are of utmost importance to drivers during these challenging times. Drivers and their families will also have access to free medical consultation. In due course, Ola Foundation will also take up initiatives to support drivers in areas such as aid for children’s education amongst others.

Elaborating on the measures, Anand Subramanian, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, Ola, said, “The crisis at this time has left thousands of drivers who form the backbone of shared mobility without an income. To support them in this testing time, we are launching the ‘Drive the Driver’ fund which will provide bare-necessities to all driver partners, across auto-rickshaws and kaali peelis in the form of essential supplies and free medical and emergency support. To this effect, the Ola group has come together to contribute the initial capital for the fund, which can be used to provide immediate aid.” 

He further added, “Millions of drivers and their families have been affected, and even a humble contribution can have a lasting impact on their wellbeing. We invite all the stakeholders of the mobility industry to join us in every way you can, and support the people who move us in this difficult phase. We will be stronger together.”

Ola has undertaken a number of proactive measures to help its driver-partners and customers through the Coronavirus outbreak. Last week, the company announced a special COVID-19 insurance cover exclusive for their driver partners and their spouses. Additionally Ola fully waived lease rentals, akin to an EMI, for driver partners who operate vehicles owned by Ola’s subsidiary, Ola Fleet Technologies under its leasing program. It has also formed a robust task-force consisting of members from various internal departments to ensure continuous monitoring and 24×7 availability of partner care and safety response teams for any concerns.

To contribute to the Drive the Driver Fund, citizens can log on to https://ola.foundation/donate

About Ola

Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric; India’s largest fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies and Ola Skilling that aims to enable millions of livelihood opportunities for India’s youth. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands through India’s largest network of kitchens under its Food business.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media

Ola UK offers half price rides to NHS workers in the UK

London, March 24: Ola UK today announces that it will offer NHS workers in the UK 50% off their rides to and from work as they care for patients impacted by COVID-19 and work tirelessly to halt the spread of the virus.

Ola is committed to ensuring these dedicated workers can commute easily and quickly to and from work in this tough period. From today, all NHS staff will receive 50% off their rides when they sign up to Ola using an NHS email address. This will be available for the first 10 rides and will initially run for a period of 15 days until the 7th April. As a business, Ola will continue to keep the offer under review and will extend the scheme depending on the situation.

In this difficult time, Ola is also devoted to its drivers who continue to support essential travel where necessary. The business recognises that this is a challenging and uncertain period for our driver-partners and we want to make clear that Ola is here to support them over the coming weeks. Therefore, Ola has extended the 0% commission rate for another month in London, so our drivers can rest assured they take home 100% of what they earn.

Company Statement:
“Our NHS workers are an inspiration to us all. The sacrifice, dedication and compassion being shown across the UK proves that the NHS is the best of us. So in these difficult times, Ola is here to make the little things easier. From today, all NHS staff will receive 50% off their rides on the Ola platform. 

We also recognise that this is a challenging and uncertain period for our driver-partners and we want to make clear that Ola is here to support them over the coming weeks. That is why we have extended our 0% commission rate for another month in London, so our drivers can rest assured they take home 100% of what they earn. 

From all of us at Ola, thank you.”

 ****For detailed T&Cs please visit http://olaride.uk

Ola Australia sets up COVID-19 Fund for Drivers

Sydney, 23 March 2020: Ola, Australia’s fastest-growing rideshare platform, has today announced the setting up a special ‘COVID-19’ fund to help drivers impacted by the pandemic. This fund will help compensate for the loss of business revenue for drivers who might get affected by COVID-19. These measures will be supplemented by initiatives to promote mental wellbeing among drivers and an ongoing program to ensure that the official guidance to protect the health and safety of drivers and customers is communicated and followed.

Driver relief fund

Ola drivers in Australia who are affected by coronavirus or required to self-isolate as a result of exposure or overseas travel will be able to claim financial assistance for up to 14 days while their account is on hold. The amount drivers receive will be equivalent to 14 days worth of their individual average daily earnings on the Ola platform. Active drivers eligible for the scheme will be required to submit documentation to support their claim.

Ongoing measures

Ola continues to reiterate the importance of practising recommended personal and vehicle hygiene through a best-practice guide for drivers. Ola driver care and safety response teams are available 24×7 for any concerns that may arise for drivers, who are advised to proactively self-report. Ola is also working with authorities to put a hold on the accounts of drivers and customers known to be affected by infection or those required to self-isolate. The company has made a free mental health hotline and counselling service available to all drivers.

Simon Smith, Head of International, Ola, said, “The health and safety of our driver-partners continue to be a top priority for us. While we continue to share health advisories to raise awareness levels, the COVID 19 fund adds a much-needed layer of financial security for drivers and their families in these challenging times.”

About Ola:

Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 1.5 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric; India’s largest fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies and Ola Skilling, that aims to enable millions of livelihood opportunities for India’s youth. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands through India’s largest network of kitchens under its Food business. 

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media

Ola offers coverage of up to Rs. 30,000 for driver-partners and their spouses affected by COVID-19; also brings free medical help for their families

  • Covers loss of income at Rs. 1,000 per day for driver-partners and their spouses for upto Rs. 30,000 if affected by COVID-19
  • Free online doctor consultations for driver-partners and their families in partnership with Mfine

National, 21 March 2020: Ola, India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, today shared that it would cover loss of income for driver-partners and their spouses in case they test positive for COVID-19. This unique offering tailor-made for Ola driver-partners across India, will help secure the financial interest of their families from the effects of the ongoing pandemic.

All eligible Ola driver-partners and their spouses shall be covered by a floater sum of Rs. 30,000 under which they can receive a compensation of INR 1000 per day for a maximum of 21 days for an individual from the date  of a positive diagnosis for COVID- 19. This will include hospital and home quarantine prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner, as approved by the Government norms from time to time. Drivers can make a claim for this compensation for themselves and (or) their spouse by providing appropriate medical documents. This coverage comes in with immediate effect and is available for all Ola driver-partners in India across all categories including Ola Bike, Ola Auto, Ola Rentals and Outstation.

The company has also partnered with a leading Online Doctor Consultation App, Mfine, to provide free medical help for driver-partners and their family members. Every driver-partner can unlock three free doctor consultations through the Mfine platform which they can avail for themselves or their family members with a special code. Mfine brings over 500 leading doctors from across India on its platform, allowing users to consult online instantly with a few clicks, without having to risk physically visiting a clinic or hospital during this time.

Speaking on the comprehensive offering for driver-partners, Anand Subramanian, Spokesperson and Head of Communications, Ola, said, “The outbreak of COVID-19 poses a risk of impacting the health and livelihoods of millions across the country including that of our driver-partners and their families. Through our tailored insurance offering, we are able to help driver-partners and their spouses, through assured financial support if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, through  access to free medical help for all driver partners and their families, we aim to ensure their personal health and wellbeing. We continue to think of all the various means in which we could work with our entire ecosystem of driver-partners and their families, consumers, and citizens at large to emerge stronger together from these challenging times.”

Ola continues to reiterate the importance of practicing recommended personal hygiene through a dedicated preparedness module for driver-partners. The company had earlier issued health advisory messages in eight local languages to raise awareness among driver partners apart from providing masks and sanitizers. Ola Partner Care and Safety Response teams are available 24×7 for any concerns that may arise for Driver Partners, and encourage their partners to proactively report any instance that may be symptomatic to help and guide appropriately.

About Ola:
Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2 million driver-partners.

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric; India’s largest fleet management business, Ola Fleet Technologies and Ola Skilling that aims to enable millions of livelihood opportunities for India’s youth. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands through India’s largest network of kitchens under its Food business.

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. For more details, visit www.olacabs.com/media.