USA: Report finds 42% of those sexually assaulted during Uber rides were drivers

Author: Anna North, Vox, Published on: 12 December 2019

"It’s not just passengers being assaulted in Ubers. Drivers are at risk, too.", 7 December 2019

More than 3,000 people were sexually assaulted during Uber rides last year...42 percent of those reporting sexual assault were drivers...

...drivers — especially the roughly 19 percent of Uber drivers and 30 percent of Lyft drivers who are women — often report being groped by passengers...And since they are independent contractors...they lack some of the protections available to...other workers, like partitions separating them from passengers...

...Uber released its first-ever United States safety report...According to the report, 3,045 sexual assaults were reported during Uber rides last year...

...Lyft is planning to release its own safety report and recently launched a new feature to allow drivers to easily share their location with friends and family. “It is Lyft’s goal to make the US ridesharing industry the safest form of transportation for everyone,” a spokesperson for Lyft told Vox...

...Uber has rolled out a number of features aimed at improving safety for drivers and riders alike...Those include an emergency button in the app that allows a driver or rider to immediately send information about the ride to 911 dispatchers. “When we think about safety from a product perspective...we think of all our users,”...

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Related companies: Lyft Uber