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Today, Uber in Ghana is pleased to officially announce its latest safety and security improvement; 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). 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 call-back line, which was rolled out in South Africa in March this year, has been in its test phase, and will also be rolled out to the rest of the Sub-Saharan Africa region where Uber operates.
Riders already have access to a global network of customer support centres to provide 24/7 support for general queries all over the world which can be accessed through the app, now with the IRT call-back line, riders can 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.
Local spokesperson, General Manager for Uber West Africa, Lola Kassim said: “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 Ghana 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 Lola Kassim.
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!
Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button – everywhere and for everyone. We started in 2009 to solve a simple problem – how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Eight years and over five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.
Uber is available in thirteen cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Abuja, Kampala, Accra, Kumasi and Dar es Salaam). Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 75 countries including spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go. For questions visit www.uber.com.