Two females who wish to remain anonymous have filed a class action lawsuit against ride-sharing firm Uber, in America, as they seek to force the company into changing its drivers screening process.
With rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment figures at a worrying high involving Uber drivers, this lawsuit, if won, should protect passengers from such incidents in the future.
The two women claim that they were misled by the company into thinking they were safe to be transported by Uber drivers with unlawful and fraudulent conduct. Both females were victims of assault by a driver who was booked through the Uber app.
As reported in Redcode , a complaint attached to the lawsuit reads:
"Uber made such false representations after falling to screen the drivers in any meaningful way, thereby presenting grave threats to Plaintiffs' safety and well-being"
The argument put forward by these women suggests Uber's current vetting system for drivers allows those who wish to cause harm to innocent and vulnerable passengers easy access.
The complaint also reads:
"Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired. Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women. This is no longer an issue of rogue drivers who act unlawfully "
A spokesperson for Uber said the allegations are "important" and they will be taking them "very seriously"
Uber have always claimed their service has made it easier for drivers and passengers to connect for a ride. Does their service also make it easier for those with more sinister ambitions to connect with potential victims?