In the digital age, there’s just about an app for anything you can imagine, and some things you’d rather not imagine. But that’s what makes the age of convenience so enticing, you can engage in a lot of activities without feeling guilty because there’s a failsafe. One of the newest failsafes is Uber, a service that allows users to find the closest ride from one destination to another, without having to pay the exorbitant price of a cab. But as Uber has grown more popular, people have become more concerned with the safety issues inherent in booking a ride with a complete stranger. If you’re new to Uber, here are some of the issues you should be aware of, as well as the measures the company takes to ensure safety, so you have a thorough understanding of the risks you take when you book with this ride-sharing service.

 

Uber Doesn’t Hire Its Drivers

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One misconception that users have is believing that Uber drivers are hired by Uber, but the truth is Uber contracts with a number of different partners, who are responsible for hiring licensed drivers, and presumably vetting to ensure that there is no criminal history. With this kind of contract system, people slip through the cracks, which can result in unfortunate incidents, such as the one that occurred in 2013, in which a woman who called for Uber service was raped by an Uber limo driver in Washington D.C.

 

Uber Background Checks

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On its website, Uber lays out the screening process it requires before it will approve any of its drivers. This includes federal and state checks that span seven years, motor vehicle reports to ensure that drivers don’t have reckless driving charges, or DUI charges, courthouse record checks, National Sex Offender Registry checks and Social Security traces.