Uber and Lyft have joined forces to create a program that aims to increase the safety of the ridesharing and delivery industries. The Industry Sharing Safety Program will see both platforms sharing information about the drivers and delivery people that have been banned for sexual and physical assaults.
In particular, Uber and Lyft will share information about drivers in the US who have been banned for breaking one of the five most critical safety issues as outlined in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence Taxonomy, along with physical assault fatalities.
“Safety should never be proprietary. You should be safe no matter what ridesharing platform you choose. We’re thrilled to come together with Lyft to improve safety for the entire industry,” said Tony West, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Uber. “Tackling these tough safety issues is bigger than any one of us and this new Industry Sharing Safety Program demonstrates the value of working collaboratively with experts, advocates and others to make a meaningful difference. We encourage more companies to join us.”
Sharing of the information will be done by HireRight, a workforce solutions provider, which will match and share information between the companies and ensure each is abiding by standards informed by sexual violence prevention experts and the NSVRC Taxonomy.
The program will also be opened up to other transportation and delivery companies within the US. These other companies must agree to meet data accuracy expectations, apply the shared taxonomy to classify incident reports, maintain a fair handling of procedures and privacy measures, and communicate data on banned drivers with HireRight to be shared with other involved in the program.
“Sexual assault is drastically underreported, making these crimes less likely to show up in our rigorous background check and screening processes,” said Jennifer Brandenburger, Head of Policy Development at Lyft. “With the Industry Sharing Safety Program, Lyft and Uber are working together to further enhance our screening capabilities, as well as the safety of the entire rideshare industry.”