Didi Chuxing and its driver-partners today started serving the city of Wuhan through two special fleets after the city halted normal public transit and ride-hailing services on January 24 in response to the spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
After meeting and consulting with local authorities and medical staff at a number of hospitals, we’ve arranged for a dedicated fleet of DiDi drivers equipped with protection gear and regularly disinfected vehicles to offer around-the-clock free transportation to all hospital staff in Wuhan.
DiDi also put at the disposal of local authorities and neighborhood committees a community service fleet supported by 1,336 ride-hailing volunteer drivers. Earlier, authorities announced plans to assemble a taxi fleet of 6,000 to serve Wuhan citizens’ mobility needs.
Starting in January, DiDi has been distributing face masks and disinfectants to drivers across China. All DiDi drivers and passengers are urged to wear a mask, and drivers are required to disinfect and ventilate their vehicles regularly.
DiDi will continue to dedicate its best efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring the health and safety of drivers and partners. DiDi is deeply grateful to all the medical workers and driver-partners who join this fight on the frontline.