Lyft Records Over 4,000 Sexual Assault Cases in Long-Overdue Safety Report


Lyft obtained experiences of greater than 4,000 situations of sexual assault on its ride-hailing platform between 2017 and 2019, it mentioned, detailing the info in a security report it had promised to publish about two years in the past.

The firm report, issued late on Thursday, confirmed sexual assault experiences on its platform had elevated from round 1,100 in 2017 to some 1,800 in 2019. But it mentioned bookings elevated at the next fee throughout that point, ensuing in a 19 p.c drop in the general incident fee.

Lyft mentioned greater than 99 p.c of its journeys had occurred with none security incident.

“While safety incidents on our platform are incredibly rare, we realise that even one is too many. Behind every report is a real person and real experience, and our goal is to make each Lyft ride as safe as we possibly can,” Jennifer Brandenburger, head of coverage improvement and analysis, mentioned in an organization weblog submit.

The firm mentioned it has invested in security options, employed rigorous driver background checks and consulted sexual assault consultants.

Lyft had dedicated to releasing its report on the finish of 2019, when its bigger rival Uber Technologies offered the ride-hailing business’s first detailed security report.

Uber on the time disclosed it had obtained some 6,000 experiences of sexual assault associated to 2.3 billion journeys in the United States in 2017 and 2018.

Lyft, which providers considerably fewer journeys than Uber, didn’t disclose the full variety of rides it accomplished in its Thursday security report, however at 0.0002 p.c the incident fee was the identical as Uber’s.

Unlike Uber, Lyft didn’t disclose what share of incidents resulted in drivers being harmed. Uber’s report confirmed riders accounted for roughly half of the accused in sexual assault experiences.

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