Uber Releases Safety Report Documenting Over 3000 Cases Of Sexual Assault

December 15, 2019 posted by

Uber has just released its first safety report
detailing incidents that took place in 2018 and it’s documented over 3000 cases of sexual
assault. Although these cases make up only a small
fraction of the trips, many people are raising concerns about both rider and driver safety
when using the immensely popular ride sharing service. I have legal journalist Mollye Barrows here
to break down these findings. Tell me about these numbers. Okay, so from what I understand, Uber took
it on themselves to be transparent. Right. There was all these rumblings about young
girls are getting raped. Right. There’s been several murders. Yes. You know, assault resulting in murder. Give me your take on this story, Mollye. A couple of different things. Uber is starting to struggle financially. They have been kicked out of London, they’ve
lost their license in London over safety concerns. I think this is Uber’s attempt to use and
create a benchmark of what they’re seeing, but it’s only in America. And, you know, they service 65 other countries
and we’ve not seen anything similar as far as these stats and how it relates to safety
from those other countries. But we do know other countries, other clients,
if you will, have had these similar safety concerns. So I think this is Uber’s attempt to basically
say, hey, we’re trying to be transparent. We’re trying to clean up this company’s image. They’re taking a number of steps, not only
to properly vet their drivers as far as their driving records and their criminal history,
but they’re also doing more to train their employees when they hear complaints, whether
it’s an unwelcome comment or something as significant as rape or touching. They are now starting to categorize and specify
these types of complaints and work with safety experts and organizations to deal with this. Okay. So, so from, so from the beginning Uber’s
pitch was they sold the idea, anyone can be a driver. I mean, that was their pitch. Which is scary. Anyone, anyone can be a driver. Have, tell me the results of background checks. What, what have they found doing background
checks here? Well, last year they kicked out I think 40,000. Yeah. Since 2018 deactivated 40,000 drivers in the
United States. And that was London’s concern by the way. One of the reasons that they did not renew
their license to drive in London is because they have allowed drivers to basically, who
had been discontinued from the Uber program, to upload pictures and as if they are still
current approved drivers for Uber. So people are picking up, they’re picking
up passengers claiming to be Uber drivers when they’re actually not licensed or approved
and they’ve been kicked out of the Uber program. So that’s happening overseas and Uber’s saying,
well, we’re addressing similar concerns here. We’re making our system so that people can’t
access it like that or, you know, pretend to be an Uber driver. So here’s, here’s their big pitch. You know, America got tired of going to New
York or Chicago or the big cities and getting in a taxi that it looked like a family of
10 was living in the back seat. Right. Garbage there. The smell was reprehensible. I mean, it was awful. And so Uber comes in and says, we have a better
product. Our drivers are going to keep our, your, your
cars clean. We’re going to know, and when you step into
that, that car, most people think this is a trained driver. Right. That they’re at least as good as a taxi cab
driver that’s has to have special standards. Nothing’s further from the truth is it? That’s exactly right. They’re all independent contractors and different
States require different vetting systems when it comes to taxi cab drivers. But Uber is ultimately responsible for vetting
their particular drivers because they are independent contractors. So you have a whole slew of other issues that
drivers say come up with that. And they are also the victims of crime as
well. Aren’t we seeing the same thing with Lyft? Yes. I mean, Lyft, Lyft is you think, well Lyft
is going to change it all. No, Lyft hasn’t changed anything. No, it’s the same concept. They’re basically, with these ride hailing
services, they’re hiring independent contractors. They’re claiming to have vet them, we have
to take their word for it that they have good drivers license backgrounds, that they have
clean criminal background checks and that they are staying on top of that in case something
were to change. But you’re seeing lawsuit after lawsuit, not
just in the United States, but also in countries around the world where people have been victims
of crime, either by a driver or the drivers themselves have said, I’ve been put in an
unsafe situation by Uber’s practices. Well, I mean, there’s some, there’s some safe
practices. Yes. First off, everybody that jumps into an Uber
when it pulls up is insane. Well, it kinda goes to that thing of… But I, don’t, don’t have to say, who are you
here to pick up? Right. What is your name? Who are you here to pick up? Let me look at your tag. Right. Because a lot of these cases have evolved
out of people that are just saying they’re Uber drivers. Yes. I mean, they have Uber there. They see somebody, you know, some young girl
that’s holding her phone, like she’s waiting for an Uber driver. Right. Pulls up, the young girl jumps in the back
seat without asking any questions about who it is, right? I experienced that. I was in Boston for a work trip recently and
I hailed an Uber to go come back to the hotel and I, and a stranger walked right up and
opened my door. And I thought, wow, these Uber people are
really on top of it. But no, he thought it was his Uber and he
was about to mow me down to get into the back of the Uber. So you’re exactly right. It’s kind of like what your parents warn you
not to pick up hitchhikers. It’s the same concept, except apparently it’s
okay when they call it a, a ride hailing service. Yeah, don’t jump in, don’t jump into the ride. Get out of my cab, man! Yeah, exactly. Mollye, thanks for joining me on this. Thanks Pap. I’m anxious to see the sustainability of Uber
and Lyft as years go on. I think they can make it, but they gotta change
some things. Yes.


15 Replies to “Uber Releases Safety Report Documenting Over 3000 Cases Of Sexual Assault”

  1. John-Paul Hunt says:

    Takes out hidden cams to see if there is anything to this using admin password.

  2. Logical Conservative says:

    Uber also strictly prohibits riders and drivers from carrying anything for self defense, including firearms, so even if these women had wanted to defend themselves, Uber policy prohibits it.

  3. The Poltical One says:

    An Uber size problem

  4. Siobhan M says:

    And I know one regular t'Rump troll who will not believe any of those assaults really happened.

  5. Bob McCall says:

    Bring back Hitch Hiking and be careful. It worked. Odds about the same. We should all be giving each other rides.

  6. Asa Coe says:

    With the Republican crony capitalists system in place. who didn't see this coming?

    This is exactly what Republicans want, free market with no oversight. Privatized Law, privatized police, privatized order.

  7. David Braun says:

    Maybe there is a reason not to get into a strangers car after all…

  8. The Vegan Villainess says:

    This is why I don't do Uber

  9. DuBB Wire says:

    Gyad daing! That's almost 10 a day! I drive Uber and have school class chauffeurs license. That means I am a very safe driver. And how many rides a year does Uber do? (to get ratio) One more- how many rape allegations do the police have?

  10. Tyler :Last of the Honky Tonk Piano Players says:

    Ride share my ass. They are taxi cabs.

  11. Tyler :Last of the Honky Tonk Piano Players says:

    Drive for Uber? Go ahead and drive for cut rate pay and wear out your car. Idiots.

  12. Max Doubt says:

    I Uber mostly the after-hours shift.
    Hauling inebriants home most the night.
    When drunken strumpets jump in for a lift,
    out pops the hip-hop and in Barry White!

  13. Uphold Sanity says:

    Do people really believe this doesn't happen in taxis?

  14. Sydney V. says:

    But somehow I'm a bigot for not wanting to get into a Trump sticker covered beater driven by a knuckle dragger that looks like a suspect in an episode of Cops: Alabama.

  15. Carol Mello says:

    This is one of the reasons I have not even tried Uber. It is not easy to become a real taxi driver. They are regulated. Because they are regulated, they are very well behaved, behind the wheel and not behind the wheel.

    I have seen Uber and Lyft drivers doing highly illegal and dangerous driving. I was leery of taking a ride with a potential bad driver. Then I heard stories of Uber drivers not showing up when booked. Taxi drivers always show up when booked. Finally, I started reading news stories of women who were raped by these unregulated drivers. In the US and elsewhere.

    Unsafe drivers, unreliable drivers, and sexual predator drivers. What's not to love? (sarcasm)

    I am staying with taxi companies. I have had taxi drivers who have gone out of their way to give me outstanding service.

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