Uber: No firearms allowed on rides
Ride-hailing app company Uber said it is banning its riders and drivers from carrying guns.
Uber Technologies said 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. The rules also apply to Uber’s affiliates.
The company said Friday it changed its firearms policy 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 $40 billion. However, 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.