Provides free eye exams and corrective eyewear to 5,000 drivers and delivery partners
Uber today announced a partnership with the Road Safety Volunteers Task Force set up by the Department of Transportation. The partnership aims to make roads safer in Sri Lanka by helping to reduce potential accidents due to poor vision.
Under the partnership, Uber will invest over LKR 2 million to help 5,000 highly engaged drivers and courier partners in Colombo gain access to free eye exams and free vision correction glasses for up to at LKR 2,000 each. Uber has partnered with the Eyecare Institute to facilitate the provision of these services. At the inaugural event, the Hon. Minister of State Ministry of Regulation of Vehicles, Bus Transport Services and Railway Compartments and Motor Industry, Mr. Dilum Amunugamadistributed free corrective eyewear to top-rated Uber Driver-Partners and Uber Eats Delivery Partners.
Honorable Minister of State Ministry of Regulation of Vehicles, Bus Transport Services and Railway Compartments and Motor Industry Mr. Dilum Amunugama, noted, “We recognize the risk to public health caused by the increasing number of road accidents. Our Road Safety Volunteers Task Force has recognized faulty vision as a key contributing factor to such accidents. Today, private companies like Uber can play a vital role in reducing these incidents by supporting vision correction measures for drivers and delivery partners. Uber’s efforts to offer free eye exams and corrective eyewear with the Eyecare Institute are a step in the right direction.
Speaking on the partnership, Bhavna Dadlani Jayawardena, Managing Director of Uber Sri Lanka, said: “Security is paramount at Uber. Over the years, we’ve used a combination of technology-driven features and human intervention to improve safety on our platform. Our partnership with the Uber Volunteer Task Force Road safety will be an important step in supporting safer roads in Sri Lanka.With the Eyecare Institute, drivers and delivery partners on our platform will have access to much-needed eye care and make travel safer.
Drivers and delivery partners who wish to avail of the free eye tests will need to come to the Eyecare Institute facilities in Colombo on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Image: First group of drivers and delivery partners to receive free vision correction glasses from (left to right) Managing Director of Uber Sri Lanka, Bhavna Dadlani Jayawardene; Hon. Dilum Amunugama, Minister of State in the Ministry of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services, Railway Compartments and Motor Industry, and Thanushika Sivanathan, Head of Uber Rides in Sri Lanka.