Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE: UBER) has gotten a license to operate in London for 30 months. This news comes after a struggle with Transport for London, a transportation agency (TFL), which doubted the company’s safety protocols.
In 2017, TFL accused Uber of lacking corporate responsibility, thus endangering the safety of London residents. At this point, the organization revoked Uber’s license. TFL alleged that the company didn’t issue background checks on drivers or report criminal offenses. It also claimed that Uber used Greyball to hide its services from regulators.
Uber has since tried to add safety features to its app. Some of these features are a panic button for passengers who feel at risk and allowing passengers to record audio during their trips.
Garbage truck worker is suing Uber
Meanwhile, Uber and a California driver for Uber face a lawsuit from a garbage truck worker. The worker was injured when a passenger opened the door in front of a garbage truck, causing him to fall off.
The Uber driver had parked in the street in front of the passenger’s hotel instead of the actual building. The truck worker is suing for negligence. A judge has pointed out that it was reasonable for the truck worker to expect the Uber driver to drop his passenger somewhere safer.
Uber is making plans to change one of its most popular features. The company has announced that it will remove the ability of messengers to split fares. Fortunately, this would only be temporary while Uber tries to improve the feature.
Uber will remove the feature in April. The company urges customers to use other payments options such as Venmo to split fares until it relaunches the feature.
South African Uber drivers protest oil prices
South African drivers who work for Bolt Technology and Uber are protesting the high gas prices. The drivers are asking the government to set up regulations that protect them. Despite a meeting, the drivers and government officials failed to reach a decision; thus, the strike wasn’t prevented.
The drivers complain that the increased gas prices eat into their profits. Uber has tried to minimize the effect on drivers by raising the price of rides.
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