Uber has finally released its full safety transparency report, including stats around sexual assault and harassment over 2018 and 2017 in the United States (US).
“Uber’s US Safety Report includes information about Uber’s actions on safety, as well as data on the most serious safety incidents reported on our ridesharing platform in 2017 and 2018,” the document outlined.
“This includes traffic fatalities, fatal physical assaults, and sexual assault.”
Back in 2017, Uber said that 2,936 passengers reported cases of sexual assault while using the taxiing service.
In the last year, Uber reported that it facilitated 1.3 billion trips in the US, and out of those trips a total of 3,046 Uber passengers reported sexual assault in 2018, 229 of which reported rape incidents.
Chances are the number of sexual assault and harassment incidents is likely to be higher given that a vast majority of sexual abuse goes unreported.
Out of the reported sexual assault allegations, Uber said it categorized the incidents into 21 separate parts — including unsolicited kissing and groping.
These reports come at a time when ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are facing increasing scrutiny for worker and rider safety.
In October, a House committee officially called on these companies to improve their safety measures over concerns about background check procedures on drivers and the way they handle reports of sexual assault and harassment.
Just last week, 20 passengers of Lyft attempted to sue the company over alleged sexual assault by drivers.
Since last year, Uber says it has removed 40,000 drivers from the platform and improved its automated screening technology that checks criminal histories and past driving records.
It’s also worth noting that this document only focuses on the US, and not the 65 other countries where the company operates.