Austin, Texas (USA): Uber Technologies Inc.. He said on Tuesday that drivers were gradually returning to their transportation platform, allowing for a modest decrease in passenger waiting times as the company wants to take advantage of a post-pandemic return in travel demand.
Uber said the week to May 17 set a new record for drivers returning to the road from early 2021, with an increase in active driving hours of 4.4% over the previous week. Overall, the company said 33,000 drivers joined its U.S. platform during the week of May 17th. Most of them had stopped working last year due to health problems and lack of customers.
The travel company didn’t want to say how that figure compared to the times before the pandemic, but in California alone it reported 209,000 drivers quarterly by the end of 2019.
“With the U.S. economy recovering, drivers are returning to Uber strongly to take advantage of higher earnings opportunities from our driver stimulus while they are available,” Carrol Chang, head of driver operations, said in a statement. of the United States and Canada from Uber.
Making drivers drive fast is crucial to Uber’s efforts to recoup revenue and reach its year-end profitability target. The company also faces customers who complain online about long waiting times and high booking costs.
Uber has tried to lure drivers through Covid-19 vaccine partnerships and said in April it would invest $ 250 million to increase drivers ’profits and offer payment guarantees.
Including those incentives, median hourly earnings for drivers in several U.S. cities exceeded $ 35 before tipping, Uber said. The company has urged drivers to take advantage of incentives before lowering their salaries to pre-COVID-19 levels as more drivers return to the platform.