Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 | Last Update : 09:33 PM IST

186th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra130045899280634761 Andhra Pradesh6614585881695606 Tamil Nadu5693705138369148 Karnataka5572124503028417 Uttar Pradesh3785333136865450 Delhi2644502284365147 West Bengal2410592110204665 Odisha201059165432820 Telangana1838661524411091 Bihar175898161510881 Assam167374136712625 Kerala160935111327636 Gujarat1303911105923394 Rajasthan1247301042881412 Haryana1205781012731273 Madhya Pradesh117588932382152 Punjab107096840253134 Chhatisgarh9856566860777 Jharkhand7770964515661 Jammu and Kashmir69832495571105 Uttarakhand4533233642555 Goa3107125071386 Puducherry2548919781494 Tripura2412717464262 Himachal Pradesh136799526152 Chandigarh112128677145 Manipur9791760263 Arunachal Pradesh8649623014 Nagaland5768469311 Meghalaya5158334343 Sikkim2707199431 Mizoram178612880
  Technology   In Other news  08 Dec 2019  Lawmaker says Uber must take action after disclosing sexual assault reports

Lawmaker says Uber must take action after disclosing sexual assault reports

REUTERS
Published : Dec 8, 2019, 8:00 pm IST
Updated : Dec 8, 2019, 8:00 pm IST

The sexual assault figure represents a 16 per cent fall in the rate of incidents from the previous year.

Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, on Friday praised Uber for releasing the information, but said Uber and other companies must do more “to establish formal policies, training and reporting structures.”
 Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, on Friday praised Uber for releasing the information, but said Uber and other companies must do more “to establish formal policies, training and reporting structures.”

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Uber Technologies Inc to take action after the company disclosed on Thursday it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year.

Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, on Friday praised Uber for releasing the information, but said Uber and other companies must do more “to establish formal policies, training and reporting structures.”

 

“As a country, we must ensure safety is a priority, and make it clear that sexual assault and harassment will not be tolerated anywhere, no matter where it occurs,” he said.

DeFazio in November introduced legislation to help track and prevent incidents from occurring in different modes of transportation, including ridesharing companies. It was approved by the committee and now awaits action by the full US House.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The sexual assault figure represents a 16 per cent fall in the rate of incidents from the previous year in the five most serious categories of sexual assault reported, Uber said on Thursday in its first biennial US Safety Report.

 

The company also said reports of assaults on passengers overlooked risks for drivers, as riders accounted for roughly half of the accused.

Uber, which operates in 70 countries, said the report showed its commitment to transparency to improve accountability and safety industry-wide. It said it would use what it learned producing the report for its “next steps” in other places.

In the report, Uber said 99.9 per cent of its 2.3 billion US trips in 2017 and 2018 ended without safety incidents.

In October, Uber and rival Lyft Inc declined to appear in front of DeFazio’s committee at a hearing related to the ride-hailing industry.

 

“Their failure to appear at this hearing is a telling sign that they would rather suffer a public lashing than answer questions on the record about their operations,” DeFazio said at the October hearing, adding the companies “don’t make information about their process for deactivating dangerous drivers public. They don’t share data on the prevalence of assaults on their platforms.”

Lyft on Thursday said it was committed to releasing its own safety report and sharing information on unsafe drivers. It did not state a release date for its report.

Tags: uber, sexual assault