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Uber: No Firearms Allowed for Passengers or Drivers

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | June 20, 2015

Uber: No Firearms Allowed for Passengers or Drivers

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Uber’s new mandate is now in effect — any participating vehicles must be firearm-free, CNET reported.

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company’s new legal policy reads:

“We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform — both driver-partners and riders — feels safe and comfortable using the service. During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.”

CNET notes that this new policy was first reported by the New Republic in the wake of the racially-motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C., this past Wednesday, but Uber told the Wall Street Journal that they actually changed the policy on June 10. The company told CNET it made the change "after assessing existing policies and carefully reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners."

In March, Uber said they would make rider safety more of a priority after numerous assault, kidnapping, and rape accusations were made by passengers against drivers.

But a month later, according to CNET, Uber’s firearm policy was thrust into the spotlight after a driver in Chicago shot and wounded a man with a shotgun after witnessing this individual firing a weapon into a crowd of people. He had just dropped his passengers off minutes before.

In light of that incident, an Uber spokesperson said to NBC Chicago "the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles." This rule is, of course, null and void with the enactment of the new policy.

Meanwhile, major competitor Lyft already has a no-weapons policy in place, CNET revealed.


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