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Uber weighs next steps after jarring sex assault report

Dec. 6, 2019 5:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Uber revealed that more than 3,000 riders and drivers were sexually assaulted last year while using its service, attention is turning to what's next for the ride-hailing giant and whether its plans to improve safety go far enough. Uber's report was hailed by victims' rights...

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Dec. 6, 2019 1:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were...

Lyft driver charged with raping rider in June

Dec. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A driver for a the ride-hailing company Lyft has been charged with raping an intoxicated woman after picking her up in downtown St. Louis. Larry Donnell Ward, 53, of St. Peters, was charged Thursday with first-degree rape and kidnapping. According to the probable cause statement, Ward,...

Uber and Lyft drivers get lighted signs ahead of law change

Dec. 4, 2019 1:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in North Carolina have been picking up lighted signs to display in their vehicles. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday that the rideshare companies will need to post the signs by next summer because of a new state law. The law is meant to...

‘Raise the Age’ juvenile initiative in NC begins in December

Nov. 30, 2019 7:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Significant changes to North Carolina’s justice system for young offenders and sex-related offenses begin this weekend. No longer will 16- and 17-year-olds be automatically tried in adult court for most nonviolent or less serious felonies as the state’s long-awaited...

In ride-hail boom, livery cabs feel squeezed and forgotten

Nov. 30, 2019 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As a livery cab driver in the Bronx for more than a decade, Orlando Lantigua knows some of his customers well. If they don’t have money to pay today, they can pay him later. He often gets dispatched by his base station to pick up children and take them to school, without their...

Seattle approves new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides

Nov. 26, 2019 7:55 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council is proceeding with a new tax on Uber and Lyft rides pitched by Mayor Jenny Durkan to help pay for affordable housing, the delayed downtown streetcar and give new support to ride-hailing drivers. The Seattle Times reports council members unanimously approved the...

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

Nov. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger. But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give...

DC attorney general sues DoorDash for pocketing tips

Nov. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The attorney general of Washington D.C. is suing DoorDash, saying the food delivery service pocketed tips that customers thought were going to delivery workers. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, seeks to recover millions of dollars in tip money and to impose civil penalties on the company....

Lyft opposes fee hike, plans to end Phoenix airport service

Nov. 19, 2019 12:12 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The rideshare company Lyft is planning to end service to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in January over proposed fee increases. The current fee is $2.66 for pickup only. Last month, the Phoenix City Council voted to charge companies such as Uber and Lyft a $4 fee for each...