The New Delhi state government has banned Uber’s cab service in the state, media reports said Monday afternoon.
Shiv Kumar Yadav, a cab driver for Uber who is accused of raping a 27-year-old woman in New Delhi, India, on Friday night, spent time in jail in connection with another rape case in 2011, media reports said Monday, citing local police. The driver, who was arrested on Sunday, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Yadav reportedly spent seven months in a New Delhi jail for the 2011 incident before being acquitted. After the latest incident, local police say they are working on getting more information about the earlier rape case. The alleged rape on Friday has yet again raised concerns over women’s safety in India, and the use of employee background checks by companies providing transportation services in the country. Local police investigating the latest case have reportedly accused San-Francisco-based Uber of failing to screen its drivers.
“Our initial investigations have revealed shortcomings of the private cab company which didn’t have GPS installed in its cabs and the staff wasn’t verified,” Delhi Special Commissioner Deepak Mishra said, according to BBC.
However, Uber, which allows customers to book and pay for a cab with the help of a smartphone app, said that passenger safety is its first priority.
“Uber exclusively partners with registered for-hire drivers who have undergone the commercial licensing process, hold government issued IDs, state-issued permits, and carry full commercial insurance. Uber also has a GPS trace and record of all trips that occur on the platform — information that has been shared with the authorities,” Uber said, in a statement… see more