Uber allows users to go online and book a ride through their app, but is it really safe or are people getting into the cars of criminals?
During a report directed at ensuring the safety of both their drivers and users of their service, Uber Technologies inc revealed a shocking revelation. Over 3000 sexual assault claims had been made against some of Uber’s 1.3 billion rides. More Shockingly the report actually shows that there was a 16% reduction in the number of incidents as opposed to those of the previous year. The report is based on the five most serious categories of sexual assault.
Riders Accused Of Assault Just As Much Drivers
Uber has confirmed that assaults on passengers were less commonly reported, than attacks on the drivers, stating that riders were accountable for half of the attacks.
Uber lost its license to carry passengers in London due to repeated failures regarding security and safety. The report consisting of 84 pages was released almost two weeks after Uber stated they would be appealing the loss of their license in London. Uber, is no stranger to lawsuits, the company is continuously criticized over concerns for the safety of passengers and drivers’ misconduct.
Uber is a huge business and its services are available in 70 countries. A spokesperson for Uber stated that by releasing the report they are proving their transparency and showing theirs aims to better improve the safety of both their users and drivers. Proclaiming they are taking the next step to implement better safety requirements.
Tweets Claiming Attacks Are Rare
Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi took to Twitter and made a statement relating to the incidents explaining how people will have different views relating to the statistic of the report, she described how some people will see the number as a rare amount of incidents whilst others would argue more needs to be done. Going on to say that each view would be seen as correct.
In 2017-2018 2.3 billion rides were completed by Uber, Uber stated in their report that 99.9% of these were completed safely and without any incidents.
Of the 3000 sexual assaults reported, Uber states that 235 of those were “non-consensual sexual penetration”, a further 280 were claims of “attempted non-consensual sexual penetration” and the remainder of the sexual assaults reported were touching of body parts and non-consensual kissing. Uber states that almost all of its incidents reported were made by women.
19 People Die Whilst Using Uber
The report had details of Ten fatalities, all due to physical assaults in 2017. A further nine fatalities were reported in 2018. Of these nineteen victims, eight were service users, seven of them were drivers and the remaining four were third party victims.
Lyft Inc a rival ride company stated that they would commit to releasing their own safety reports. A release date, however, has not been set.
Uber Reports Of Rigorous Background Checks On Its Drivers
In order to become a driver for Uber, the platform states an in-depth background check will be performed. Reporting that over one million drivers failed the test in 2017-2018. A further 40,000 drivers were taken off the app after the extra screening was implemented.
Regulatory services have often argued that the hiring process is insufficient, and a number of U.S cities are requesting that Uber driver be fingerprinted and completed the same background checks as those of a tax driver before being hired.