Uber in­vest­ing in safety as it charts $1b ac­tion plan

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Taxi-hail­ing ser­vice Uber is in­vest­ing ' heav­ily' in safety mea­sures for its cus­tomers in the coun­try as it charts a $1 bil­lion ac­tion plan to ramp up oper­a­tions in Mum­bai.

"Safety is a top of the line pri­or­ity for us at Uber and we are in­vest­ing heav­ily in this area," Uber In­dia pres­i­dent Amit Jain told PTI. The taxi hail­ing ser­vice has been at log­ger­heads with of­fi­cials in the na­tional cap­i­tal where it faced a tem­po­rary ban in its ser­vices af­ter one of its driv­ers was ac­cused of rap­ing a pas­sen­ger last De­cem­ber.

Most re­cently, Uber's back­ground checks have re­port­edly been crit­i­cized by US' Cal­i­for­nia dis­trict at­tor­neys who al­leged that the checks failed to weed out driv­ers with crim­i­nal records. Re­gard­ing safety, Jain said Uber In­dia is con­duct­ing ex­ten­sive back­ground checks through its part­ner First Ad­van­tage.

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