Uber bans driv­ers, clients from car­ry­ing guns

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Ride- hail­ing app com­pany Uber says it is ban­ning its riders and driv­ers from car­ry­ing guns.

Uber Tech­nolo­gies says it is ban­ning firearms of any kind dur­ing rides ar­ranged through the Uber plat­form, and driv­ers or riders who vi­o­late the rule may lose ac­cess to the plat­form. The rules also ap­ply to Uber’s af­fil­i­ates.

The com­pany said Fri­day it changed its firearms pol­icy on June 10 to make sure riders and driv­ers feel com­fort­able. In a state­ment, Uber said it made the change af­ter re­view­ing feed­back from both pas­sen­gers and Uber driv­ers. Pre­vi­ously it had de­ferred to lo­cal law on the is­sue.

San Fran­cisco- based Uber lets pas­sen­gers sum­mon cars through an app in more than 250 cities world­wide, and the pri­vately held com­pany is val­ued at around US$ 40 bil­lion. How- ever it’s faced le­gal and reg­u­la­tory chal­lenges as it ex­pands in the United States and abroad. It has also been crit­i­cized over the thor­ough­ness of the back­ground checks it does on driv­ers and other safety is­sues.

In April, an Uber driver with a con­cealed- carry per­mit shot a 22- year- old man who had opened fire on a group of pedes­tri­ans in Chicago. Court records say the man was shoot­ing at pedes­tri­ans who were walk­ing in front of the Uber driver’s ve­hi­cle, and the driver shot the gun­man. The driver wasn’t charged, as pros­e­cu­tors said he acted in de­fense of him­self and oth­ers.

Com­peti­tor Lyft also has a “no weapons” pol­icy. Ac­cord­ing to Lyft’s web­site, if a driver or rider is found to have a weapon in a Lyft ve­hi­cle they’ll be barred from the plat­form re­gard­less of lo­cal laws on weapons pos­ses­sion.

AP

In this photo taken Dec. 16, 2014, the logo of Uber is dis­played at the head­quar­ters of Uber in San Fran­cisco.

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