In 2010, American entrepreneur Travis Kalanick founded the ride-sharing app, Uber. Today, Uber is used in over 50 countries and 250 cities worldwide and is valued to be worth a whopping $41.2 billion. The road to Uber’s success, however, has not come without a few speedbumps.
Most recently, Uber has found itself in a tense legal battle regarding the regulations required of its drivers compared to the rigorous necessities required to drive a taxicab.
Alleged Uber Driver Criminal Activity Places Company in Hot Water
In the past few months, Uber drivers throughout the world have been accused of committing a variety of criminal acts. Last month in Boston, a driver was arrested for allegedly raping, kidnapping and assaulting a female passenger in his vehicle. In the same month, an Uber driver in New Delhi, India, who had already been arrested for rape twice in the past, was arrested yet again for raping a female passenger. In September, a San Francisco Uber driver was placed under arrest after he allegedly struck a passenger in the head with a clawed hammer and fractured the alleged victim’s skull.
As a result of the recent accusations – presumably due to the lack of regulations for drivers- several governments around the globe have begun to ban Uber from operating within their jurisdictions. These jurisdictions include: Nevada, Portland, Germany, France, New Delhi, the Netherlands, Thailand, Brussels, Toronto and Spain. According to the Daily Journal, several other states, including California, are considering similar action.