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Onward Code of Conduct for Drivers and Riders

Rev. Jan 2024

 

This document outlines Onward Health Inc (“Onward”) requirements of behavior and conduct for all members of the Onward ecosystem. This includes drivers, passengers, and those who utilize or obtain services from Onward. A community member is defined as a driver, rider, or other utilizer of the Onward platform.

 

Reporting Violations of this Code of Conduct

Onward wants to hear about any violation of this Code of Conduct. All reported violations will be appropriately investigated. To report an actual or suspected violation you can email legal@onwardrides.com or call (510) 343-2725.  

 

Onward will not retaliate for reporting an actual or suspected violation nor will it tolerate retaliation on the part of any community member. All reports will be treated with the utmost confidence to the extent possible. 

 

Failure to abide by the provisions set forth in this Code of Conduct may result in Onward in its sole discretion terminating access to Onward’s services.

 

General Behavioral Expectations

All drivers and riders will treat each other and all Onward team members with general courtesy, respect, and professionalism at all times. Drivers and riders will abide by all applicable local, state and federal laws. Drivers must also follow all rules regarding how to properly conduct a companion ride including but not limited to walking riders in and out of the vehicle; all of these stipulations are provided at driver training and breach of them may result in loss of access to the platform.

 

General Vehicle and Driving Expectations

Drivers will only drive the vehicle that is registered with Onward. Vehicles shall be maintained in a clean, washed, trash free, and free of any unpleasant or strong odors. Drivers shall themselves be free of any strong or unpleasant odors, and fully dressed (shirt, pants, and shoes) in a conservative manner  with clothing that is free of any offensive language or logos. 

 

Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco Usage

This is never allowed during any Onward ride. Additionally, drivers are prohibited from smoking or vaping in any vehicle that is used for Onward rides.

 

Physical Violence

Physical violence including hitting, striking, pushing, shoving, or otherwise making any unwanted physical conduct is strictly prohibited. Onward reserves the right to notify law enforcement of any act of physical violence.

 

Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Assault

Onward does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual harassment, and/or other sexual misconduct from anyone. We take all allegations of such behavior involving our Drivers or Riders extremely  seriously, Through enforcement of this policy, and by education of Drivers and Riders, Royal  Onward will seek to prevent and respond appropriately to reported behavior that violates this  policy. This may include permanently deactivating (banning) a Driver or Rider from using the Royal  Onward Platform. 

Sexual Assault, as defined by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), sexual assault is physical or  attempted physical conduct that is sexual in nature and without the consent of the user. “Sexual in  nature” includes, but is not limited to, body parts such as the mouth, breasts, buttocks, or genitalia. 

Sexual harassment is non-physical conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and without  consent. It includes making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or engaging  in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: (1) submission to such conduct is made  explicitly as a term or condition of a ride or payment for a ride; or (2) submission to or rejection of  such advances or requests is used as a basis for providing or denying rides or payment; or (3) such  conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating,  hostile, or offensive environment.  All sexual  contact is prohibited while using the Onward Platform, including during a trip, regardless of  whether consent is given and regardless of whether the Driver and Rider know each other.  

Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:: 

• Staring or leering 

• Asking personal questions (e.g., about relationship status, sexual orientation, phone  number, social media accounts) 

• Flirting

• Violating physical space norms (e.g., standing too close, impeding or blocking movement) • Making comments about appearance (e.g., derogatory comments, “complimentary”  comments, comments about someone’s perceived gender identity or expression) • Sexually explicit gestures 

• Sexually explicit comments (e.g., about sex acts, degrading words, obscene comments,  derogatory comments, slurs or jokes) 

• Displaying indecent material (e.g., photos, videos, pornography, sexually suggestive  cartoons or posters) 

• Indecent photography/video without consent 

• Soliciting a sexual act (e.g., unwanted sexual invitations, offering money for sex) • Indecent exposure (e.g., performing sex acts during a trip, “flashing”, urinating in public) • Verbal threat of sexual assault 

• Masturbation or other inappropriate self-touching 

 

Post-Ride Contact 

Onward prohibits contact between Drivers and Riders following the ride. Contact must end when the trip is complete, except in cases involving a lost or misplaced item and the Rider has consented to the Driver returning the item. 

 

Alcohol and Substance Usage - ZERO TOLERANCE

Onward has a zero tolerance policy for Driver’s using or being under the effects of any alcohol or substances while engaged in a ride with Onward. Drivers are prohibited from being under the influence or effects of alcohol or any other substance - illicit or otherwise - to any degree while driving with Onward. This applies regardless of if a driver is within the state’s legal limit for alcohol consumption or is otherwise taking a prescription or non-prescription medication which may affect the drivers ability to safely operate a vehicle. Riders and Drivers alike are strictly prohibited from using any alcohol or drugs during a ride. 

 

Verbal Behavior and Inappropriate Behavior

Verbal behavior including yelling, screaming, threatening (including to leave a rider stranded), excessive profanity, insulting, belittling or otherwise engaging in verbal conduct which does not reflect a high level of common decency is prohibited. Gestures which are intended or have the effect of insulting or demeaning someone are prohibited. Any clothing article which displays wording or other images likely to cause upset or insult is prohibited. 

 

Discrimination

Onward expressly prohibits any discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, age, sex (including childbirth,  breastfeeding, pregnancy, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender  expression, sexual orientation, HIV-status, natural hair, genetic information or testing, domestic  violence/sexual assault/stalking victim status, and all other bases protected by federal, state, or  local law, ordinance, or regulation.  Discrimination may include but is not limited to refusal to provide or accept services based on any protected characteristic.  

 

Weapons

Unless otherwise permitted by state law, Onward prohibits the carrying or usage of any weapons during a ride. Onward expressly disclaims and will not be held liable for any usage of a weapon during a ride. 

 

Onward’s Intellectual Property

Drivers and riders are prohibited from utilizing Onward’s intellectual property including its name, logo, likeness, or any other tangible or intangible asset which is attributed to Onward except to the extent which may be granted by an applicable licensing agreement. 

 

Fraudulent Behaviors

Driver’s and riders will refrain from engaging in any activity which may constitute or be perceived as fraudulent. This includes but is not limited to: requesting a toll refund when no toll was paid, starting a ride earlier than stated through the app, ending a rider earlier than stated in the app, marking a ride as completed when it was not, or not providing the services to the same service delivery standards as required by Onward. 

 

Criminal Activity

The usage of Onward to engage in any illegal or illicit activity including but not limited to drug sales, human trafficking, kidnapping, fraud, escape, evasion, or any other illegal activity is strictly prohibited.

 

Vehicle Operations

Drivers will operate their vehicles at all times with the utmost care and due regard for the safety of their passenger(s) and members of the public. Driver’s will obey all traffic laws and regulations and seek to drive in a defensive manner that avoids collisions, near collisions, and unsafe driving behavior. Seat belts shall be worn at all times by drivers and riders in the vehicle. 

 

Service Animals

Drivers may not refuse a ride on the basis that a rider has a service animal. Federal, and some state, law(s) generally prohibit denying service to a rider because of service animals, and from otherwise discriminating against Riders with service animals. Onward Health prohibits Drivers from denying service to a Rider because of the rider’s service animal. There are no  exceptions to this policy due to allergies, religious objections, or a generalized fear of animals

 

Assistive Devices

Onward Health prohibits Drivers from (a) refusing service to  a rider with a disability who can get into the vehicle on their own, and (b) refusing to assist with  stowing assistive devices like folding wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walkers. For California Drivers, California law prohibits transportation providers from denying service to a person with a disability  who can get into the vehicle on their own. California law also prohibits transportation providers  from refusing to assist a person with the stowing of assistive devices, like folding wheelchairs,  walkers, crutches, and canes. 

 

Reporting Emergencies

Emergencies (including but not limited to traffic accidents, medical emergencies, vehicle fires, crimes) shall be reported as soon as possible but in no case outside of sixty minutes of the emergency.

 

Gratuities 

Drivers are prohibited from accepting, and riders are prohibited from offering, any form of compensation to include cash, cash transfers (Venmo, zelle, etc), gifts, or other forms of gratuities other than what is permissible through the Onward app.

 

Cameras

To the extent permitted by law, drivers and passengers are permitted to utilize camera’s to the extent permitted by law to record the ride. Some states require that the recording party notify the other party that they are intending to record.  Sharing or streaming of a driver or passenger name or information is a violation of our privacy standards and prohibited absent the other party’s consent.

 

Use of Accounts

Drivers and riders shall only utilize the account to which they are registered for and that correctly displays their name and information. Drivers who are picking up a rider where the ride was arranged by a third party shall verify that they have picked up the correct rider. 

 

Privacy of Information

Driver’s shall keep confidential and not disclose any identifying information pertaining to the identity of the rider unless expressly authorized by law. Riders shall not utilize or disclose any information obtained about the driver outside of the driver’s name unless expressly authorized by the driver.

 

Property Damage

Damaging the property of another is never permitted. This may include breaking a part of the vehicle, an electronic device, or emitting any bodily fluids on part of or inside of the vehicle. The party (driver or rider) damaging the property of the other shall be responsible for the cost of replacing, repairing, or cleaning the property. 

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