After two arrests for sexual assault by Uber drivers in November and December, The Chicago Sun Times reports that Uber is now issuing tips to help its customers avoid getting into similar experiences. The company has put together a “Safe Ride Checklist” which currently can only be viewed by customers in Chicago and Boston (the two cities where Uber driver have been accused of raping passengers).
Under the app change, implemented just in time for New Year’s Eve, a driver photo and license plate number are displayed. An accompanying message urges customers to verify that the photo and license plate match their driver. “Given there have been some accusations… we want to make sure everyone knows how to use the platform in the safest way possible,” explains Chris Taylor, who is the general manager of Uber in Chicago. “Educating people and providing tips on safety is a very responsible — doing nothing would be weak.”
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