Uber has partnered with state-run Indian Oil Corp Ltd and digital payment platform Paytm to offer discounts to drivers on petrol, diesel and CNG purchases at IOCL fuel stations across the country. Over 12,000 Uber driver partners had already registered for this program. The agreement reached a couple of months ago, became operational only now after the requisite number of driver registration for the program was achieved.
Refilling tanks at the IOCL fuel stations would earn Uber drivers points, which they would be able to redeem later. Uber launched its services in India in 2013 with its UberBLACK service and premium UberX service in 2014. Uber operates in 31 cities in the country and aims to take its services to other parts as well.
This partnership is targeted at easing the cost of fuel and giving back to driver partners who use the Uber App to earn a livelihood. Uber said the initiative is a part of its “Uber CARE” program which gives driver partners access to life and health insurance, microloans, and other benefits.