When Uber first came about, many people were skeptical about whether or not the idea would be successful or not. Low and behold, within the first year, the car riding company took off. Many find the taxi service a convenient one that offers affordable prices without having to hunt down an actual cab. This was particularly exciting for those that reside in a city that has little to no taxis available in their downtown areas. The cool thing about Uber is that it allowed people all over the world to drive and allowed residents in tiny, small towns, to get rides even where public bus service may not be provided. So, with all of the wonderful assets that Uber brings to the world, how could anyone have any issues with the service?
The biggest issue that millions of people had expressed with the Uber services since before the first ride was ever given, was the safety of those trying to board the vehicles late at night, or more importantly, the female passengers. Were they safe? Sure, anyone’s safety could possibly be compromised even in your everyday taxi cab in the middle of New York City. In regards to Uber specifically, many felt that that car driving service was slightly more privatized than a taxi, subway, or bus service. Here you have a new company, with no references, allowing the general public to be hired as drivers using their own vehicles to ride passengers all over town. Certainly sounds as if anything could happen, right? There have been reported rapes and assaults by Uber drivers, as well as some passengers coming forward that they felt threatened by the drivers.
Such is no longer a threat for female passengers or drivers, as a new company has put all of these concerns in mind and forever changed the way women can feel safe while seeking a ride. The company is called “Chariot for Women” and is scheduled to launch on April 19th in Boston, Massachusetts.
The new company advises that it will have only female drivers, every ride, and every time. It will also only pick up women and children who are 13 years old and under. Considering this is 2016 and with the success of Caitlyn Jenner coming forward with her transformation, the Chariot company will be picking up transgender women as well. Before you wonder if this is all legal only employing women, only allowing women patrons, and only allowing children as well to be thrown into the mix, the owner doesn’t seem too worried should any legal recourse ensue.
Chariot for Women’s owner, Michael Pelletz informed Quartz online that he even welcomes any legal challenges. Michael himself was once prior very interested in Uber, then lost touch due to these exact security glitches. The company will be donating 2% of every ride, incorporate lengthy background checks on all drivers, and will not be using surge pricing.