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Indian City bans Uber after passenger is raped by driver

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Dec 2014 5:20 User comments (3)

Indian City bans Uber after passenger is raped by driver Indian's Capital City has reacted to news of an alleged sexual assault on a woman by an Uber driver by banning the service from operating in the city.
Uber India has been operating illegally in New Delhi, according to Special Commissioner of Delhi Transport Department, Satish Mathur. He told the Economic Times that the victim in this case was provided an All India Permit Taxi which is not allowed to ferry customers from point to point in the city.

"We will also be issuing a public notice saying Uber is not authorised to provide any taxi services in the capital so that customers are aware which are the authorised radio Cab services," he said.

"Uber is not a authorised radio cab service and has been operating illegally."

The service is now active in more than 250 cities in 50 countries, and has aggressive expansion plans for the coming year. It recently raised $1.2 billion in a financing round, valuing the firm at a whopping $41 billion. The extra resources will be used partially toward investing in the Asia Pacific region.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is so confident in Uber's ability to grow that he predicts it will generate more than 1 million jobs in cities all over the world in 2015.

The challenging side of Uber's 2014

However, Uber hasn't been free of bad press or criticism for how it operates. Governments, taxi drivers and unions in several countries have gone after Uber as its lower-than-a-taxi fares are impacting the taxi industries, but Uber maintains that competition is healthy and very much required in this industry in particular.

Customers also raised privacy concerns over the data being collected by Uber, and the firm has committed to reform its practices going forward to answer customers.

However, one piece of criticism really hits home in this case, and that is a suggestion that Uber doesn't do enough to vet its drivers. In fact, it is distressing to learn that the alleged rapist in the Indian case was out on bail at the time, and his crime was sexually assaulting a woman in 2011 in his cab.

Kalanick has vowed to support the victim and help bring the man to justice.

"We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery," Kalanick said in a statement.

"We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women's safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women."

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3 user comments

18.12.2014 12:02

And herein lies the problem.

I knew this particular act could really cause the fit to hit the shan with companies like Uber.

This is a rather unfixable problem except by vetting all drivers and getting their info PRIOR to picking up passengers.

I hope this driver get raped back.......AFTER having his anus superglued closed!!!!!!!!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Dec 2014 @ 12:27

28.12.2014 14:27

CRB checks done on drivers here by the local council and that is even before they take a knowledge and street test before they get a licence to operate to drive

Who Dare Wins

312.12.2014 13:27

This doesnt really say much as India and Pakistan are the rape capital countries of the world where women are treated like cattle its disgusting and disgraceful and their governments have done nothing to fight for womens rights - now just look to the UK and Usa Europe where the rape and in particular gang rape epidemic (90% child rape gangs in the UK are of Pakistani origin) is growing exponentially.

Mind you there has been nothing good to come out of Pakistan (EVER) except liars , cheats , thieves , murderers and rapists - when was the last time you went into a corner shop in the UK and didnt get ripped off. 70% of crash for cash , 40% credit card fraud is all Pakistani/Indian based and with only 7% of the population thats a dangerous level and proof if there ever was that you should never trust a Paki!!!

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