As Typhoon Hato has caused widespread problems for Macau citizens, with power and water supplies cut off in many areas and public transportation networks disrupted, ride-hailing services firm Uber is doing its bit to help the public cope with the aftermath of the disaster.
Following the city’s worst storm in more than 50 years, Uber Macau decided to offer people free rides after many of its drivers expressed a willingness to help their fellow citizens.
The free rides offer began Thursday night and will last for three days until Sunday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Uber activated its ride-hailing app from 9 pm yesterday, following a temporary suspension of its service in the city in July. The app will be active until 9 pm on Sunday.
A company spokesperson stressed that resumption of service is voluntary on the part of the drivers, and that neither the company nor the drivers will receive any financial benefit.
People with urgent needs will be given priority for the free Uber rides, the spokesperson said.
“We hope in this difficult time we can provide a helping hand to the people of Macau as they recover from Typhoon Hato. We are very grateful for the support of our driver partners who are the ones on the ground making this effort happen,” Uber Macau’s general manager Trasy Lou Walsh said in a statement.
On July 22, Uber suspended its Macau operations after a long battle with the government over regulations.
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