By our reporter

Kampala. Uber in Uganda has announced their latest safety and security improvement by introducing a feature; an Incident Response Team (IRT) call-back line.

This updated support feature, will provide riders across the region with 24/7 access to discuss safety-related matters with Uber’s Global Incident Response Team (IRT).

A statement from the company says, “Uber is committed to the safety of both driver-partners and riders which is why Uber continuously invests in new ways to improve the app.”

The IRT call-back line feature on the app, enables riders to submit a ticket for a critical safety incident or accident through the app, including their contact number and short description of the event, the rider will then receive a call-back within a couple minutes from Uber’s Global Incident Response Team.

Aaron Tindiseega, Country Manager for Uber in Uganda, “We are always looking for ways to improve communication with our community and we are excited to be announcing this call-back line for riders for any safety-related matters they might have.”

“We have listened to the hundreds of thousands of riders using the Uber app in Nairobi and they’ve expressed the need to be able to speak with our teams in the event of a critical safety-related issue.  While part of Uber’s commitment is to ensure rider safety, we strongly encourage riders to always first use the national emergency line. With the introduction of the IRT call-back line, we are able to help riders speak with our dedicated IRT within minutes” adds Tindiseega.

Everyone has the right to be safe, whether they’re on a train, in a taxi, walking on a sidewalk or in an Uber. And while no means of transportation can be 100% incident or accident-free, technology apps like Uber can improve safety, which is why the IRT call-back line is a great step forward.

How to access the IRT call back line

  • Open the menu of the Uber app, and click ‘Help’

  • Click ‘Trip and fare review’

  • Select the trip in question

  • Select ‘I had a safety-related issue

  • Submit a ticket through the node, including a contact number and short description of the event

  • The rider will then receive a call-back within a couple minutes!

 

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