HOUSTON, Texas — Just a week ago the ridesharing company Uber was celebrating its launch in several Asian countries.
However, that celebration has been quickly cut short.
An Uber driver in India was arrested after the alleged rape of a customer over the weekend and now Uber and other ridesharing apps have been banned in New Delhi.
Uber released a statement saying, “What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime.”
Spain has stopped Uber operation due to the issues in New Delhi and here in the U.S., Portland is suing Uber after they launched in the city illegally.
With heat on some of the drivers, one Houston Uber driver offered his take on the application process.
Jermaine Joseph, Houston Uber driver, said, “I had to go submit a criminal background check, as well as driving history, a warrant check and everything like that.”
“I mean if it’s an accident,” Joseph said, “Uber does take primary insurance covering the cost of repairing someone else’s vehicle, but if it’s a criminal act I would assume that would be on the individual. I’m not aware that Uber would take responsibility.”
A lot of eyes are on Uber right now, driving down their publicity for sure.