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Female Uber Drivers In Saudi Arabia Can Now Choose To Exclusively Pick Up Women

In June, Saudi Arabia lifted its female driving ban, giving women a little more freedom to move around the country. Ride-hailing services like Uber quickly jumped on the new opportunity to have female drivers navigate the city. However, Uber gained feedback showing that Saudi women Uber drivers preferred to only drive women. In response, Uber launched a pilot program allowing them to do so. That program has now gone live across the country today, according to Engadge t. Preferences of women only wanting to drive other women come as no surprise. Ride-hailing apps are no strangers to incidents of women passengers and drivers being harassed and assaulted . This year, Saudi women have seen slight improvements within the country.  In January, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that women would be notified about marital status changes via text message. The recent move was meant to offset the trend of men separating from their wives without telling them. Despite interventions aimed at...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 24, 2019

Lyft Will Now Run Daily Background Checks on Drivers

We’ve all heard horror stories of Lyft and Uber drivers sexually assaulting and committing other crimes against passengers. One Uber driver was arrested last week for trying to rob a passenger’s home after dropping him off at the airport. Now Lyft will require continuous background checks to tackle issues with sketchy drivers, according to Engadget . The company previously ran annual background checks on its active drivers, but it will now conduct daily scans to ensure the safety of its riders. A CNN report from last year found that 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft drivers were accused of sexual assaults. Four of the Lyft drivers have been convicted; however, more stories of passengers being put in uncomfortable situations have surfaced. A recent Twitter thread by actor and comedian Anna Gillcrist highlights some keys issues faced when reporting inappropriate behavior by drivers to Lyft. Last night I took a @lyft home from my friends bachelorette. It was a line, so there were two people...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 16, 2019