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Do You Feel Safe Getting into Rideshare Vehicle Driven by a Stranger?

Uber, Lyft, and many other small operations that take advantage of modern communication technology are rapidly growing in U.S.  These services are basically half taxi and half ride share, but I'd say it's a mutated form of taxi cabs.

In order to operate these hybrid type of ride share program the company needs to get a permit by the local authorities such as the city or county.  Recently, Seattle city council committee voted to cap the number of "ride-share" drivers for instance.

On the other hand, city like Tulsa, Oklahoma opened it door in a full swing to Uber after a successful campaign by the "Tulsa Young Professionals" called, "Bring It to Tulsa Campaign"

In a nutshell, you will need to install an app to use Uber service, which allows you to select who you want to pick you up and time.  The payment is made through the app as well.

A few days ago "The Daily Beast" broke a news story of a lady who has been harassed and stalked by a Uber driver.  I'm not sure how much of the story is real and true to the facts, but it sounds pretty convincing.

In February 2014, NPR also covered a story about UbanX driver revealing that:

  • UberX has not been inspecting drivers’ cars, as required by the California Public Utiltiies Commission (CPUC), but simply reviews vehicle photos supplied by the drivers.
  • UberX does not observe applicants actually driving before they are approved to work for the company.
  • UberX applicants receive no training related to safe driving before they are approved.
Go back a little further Uber has made quite headlines on regular basis:

  • In March 2013, a 20-year-old passenger in D.C. accused an Uber driver of rape. In April, prosecutors dropped the investigation. 
  • In November 2013, a San Francisco man alleged that he was physically and verbally abused by an Uber driver. 
  • In January 2014, a driver hit and killed a six year old girl. The driver, Uber said, was not working for Uber at the time of the incident, sparking something of a debate about what "working for Uber" really means. 
  • Just last week, a Chicago woman filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc., claiming in a that an Uber driver "repeatedly fondled" her "legs, groin area and breasts."
Is it that there isn't enough cases to bring out some sort of investigation against the company?

According to an official from Uber, all drivers go through extensive background checks and are required to have insurance.

Do You Feel Safe Getting into Rideshare Vehicle Driven by a Stranger? Reviewed by Brandon on 11:28 PM Rating: 5

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