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Cars Uber sexual assaults: 6,000 sexual assault reports in two years, as London considers licence appeal

17:20  06 december  2019
17:20  06 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The report showed 5,981 sexual assault incidents were reported out of the 2.3bn US trips Uber described it as a complex project that was two years in the making, with much of that time spent In November, London 's transport regulator announced that Uber would not be granted a new licence to

Despite the increase in reports of sexual assault , the ride-sharing app said the numbers actually represented a 16% decrease in the average incident rate, which measures the number of sexual assaults against the total number of trips that year — which increased from 1 billion in 2017 to

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Uber has recorded about 3,000 sexual assault allegations in both of the last two years, according to its latest report.

The figure, disclosed in a long-awaited safety study, found that thousands of people in the US had reported sexual assault at the hands of its drivers, including hundreds of reports of rape.

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In two years, more than 6,000 reports have been made to the ride-hailing app, according to their statistics, with 3,045 sexual assault reports were made in 2018 and 2,936 in 2017.

The US safety report, compiled with the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre, broke down allegations of sexual misconduct into 21 categories, listing 235 rapes and 280 attempted rapes in 2018, as well as 1,560 instances of unwanted intimate touching.

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The report showed 5,981 sexual assault incidents were reported out of the 2.3bn US trips over the two - year period. Passengers — as opposed to drivers — accounted for nearly half of those accused of sexual assault , the report added. Uber said the report was the first comprehensive safety review

The report showed 5,981 sexual assault incidents were reported out of the 2.3bn US trips over the two - year period. Some 99.9% of the total journeys Uber said the report was the first comprehensive safety review of its ride-hailing business. "Voluntarily publishing a report that discusses these difficult

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Nine murders, 235 rapes

The creators of the report, who state several more incidents may have not been reported, said they hoped the report will bring about some much-needed transparency.

The report has brought to light some lesser considered incidents, including 107 motor-vehicle fatalities in 2017 and 2018, with a total of 97 fatal crashes involving users on the app.

Nine murders also took place, with 40,000 drivers removed from the app because they had committed criminal offences.

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The app bosses state 2.3bn US trips took place over the two-year period, with 99.9 per cent of journeys taking place hassle-free.

In the UK, several cases against Uber and its drivers have come to trial, including a driver who sexually assaulted a 27-year-old female passenger as she was sick.

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Nearly 6 , 000 instances of sexual assault , including more than 450 cases of rape Uber has released the figures -- which also revealed 19 fatal assaults related to the company over the two - year period -- as The company received 464 reports of non-consensual sexual penetration and 587 of attempted

Uber said it received almost 6 , 000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in 2017 and 2018. The data was published in a report which Uber said showed its commitment to "improving safety for Uber is facing growing scrutiny around the world, and recently lost its licence to operate in London .

Uber confirmed the driver, 45-year-old Temur Shah, had lost his access to the app permanently. “We are appalled by this case and have a zero tolerance policy on such behaviour in the Uber community,” said an Uber spokeswoman.

“Any driver found to have behaved in this manner faces permanent removal from the app. We encourage every rider to speak up and report any wrongdoing to the police and Transport for London, both of whom we work closely with.”

Appeal blocked in London

In the UK, similar statistics have not been released.

But Transport for London appear unconvinced by Uber. It recently lost its licence to operate in London following a second appeal in November.

TfL recorded 14,000 fraudulent trips from late 2018 to 2019, reported BBC News.

Helen Chapman, director of licensing at TfL, said: "While we recognise Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured."

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The rest of the sexual assaults were listed in categories such as nonconsensual kissing and nonconsensual touching. Forty- two percent of sexual assault reports were filed by drivers who had reported nonconsensual contact, and riders were the ones accused of sexual assault 45% of the time.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I know this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety is the paramount concern. Regulations are there to keep Londoners safe."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the ruling will 'keep Londoners safe' (Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

The company, which has 45,000 cars in London and is available in the likes of Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds, has also been upbraided for charging surge fees during terrorist attacks, dubious employment rights and its nominal tax contributions.

i columnist Danny Hughes called the company "a business without a heart."

"Uber’s limited success in this sense comes down to an inability to express its core values and purpose. It feels like a business without a heart," he wrote.

Yes it employs 45,000 drivers in London, providing much needed work, but if one talks to them – many of them providing for families – they articulate little loyalty or affection to an operation that seems to be perceived as cold, distant, even greedy."

i has contacted Uber for comment.

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