Uber reveals 464 rape claims in US over past two years | Business News

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Uber has released a report showing it received almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault related to its operations in the US over the past two years, including 464 claims of rape.

The ride-hailing firm made the admission in the first biennial US safety report it promised to publicly release in a bid to show it was serious about transparency and safety.


It was published two weeks after the company was told by London transport chiefs that it was to lose its operating licence in the UK capital because of a “pattern of failures” on safety and security – a ruling Uber is appealing.

The report showed it received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion journeys in the US – its biggest market – in 2018.

While the number was up on the previous year, the rate of incidents fell by 16% because it carried more passengers – known as riders.

There were 235 reports of “non-consensual sexual penetration” in 2018, Uber said, up from 229 in 2017.

It also detailed 10 fatal physical assaults in 2017, and nine over the following 12 months.

Eight victims were riders, it said, seven were drivers and four were third parties such as bystanders.

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Uber is appealing Transport for London’s decision not to renew its operating licence

The firm added that riders accounted for roughly half of the accused when it came to reports of physical assaults.

Uber said the figures meant that 99.9% of its 2.3 billion US trips ended without safety incidents over the two-year period.

Commenting on the 84-page report, chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted: “I suspect many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common. Some people will appreciate how much we’ve done on safety; others will say we have more work to do. They will all be right.”

At an event to outline the findings, he said he prioritised improving Uber’s culture and safety when assuming his role in 2017.

Uber said it put drivers through a vigorous background check before accepting them on its platform.

In its report, it said one million drivers failed to pass the screening test in 2017 and 2018 and more than 40,000 were removed from the app after extra screening layers were added.


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