In the past few years, we have all witnessed a significant growth in the ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber. Manned by over thousands of drivers and hailed by a huge number of passengers daily, these taxi services have now come a long way since their launch. However, an increase in one of the most serious concerns related to these taxi services is now casting a shadow on this sensational growth. High-profile cases of assaults and severe accidents have left people wondering about their safety.
With some of the drivers allegedly engaging in sexual assaults and running into deadly accidents, it is becoming an immense challenge for the ride-hailing industry to convince passengers that the riders they hail are safe. Because safety is the top priority according to all of these companies, new features and technologies are coming into the picture for improving overall driver and passenger safety.
To assuage customers’ concerns, companies are now adding numerous high-end safety features to the apps such as panic buttons and passenger tracking. Below, we have rounded up three ways taxi drivers are improving overall safety and why you should know them.
All-female driver fleets:
Most of the ride-hailing companies have decided to create woman-only-ride-hailing services. Thousands of women are signing up as drivers to these companies to support their innovative idea for maximizing women security. They are hiring only women drivers and also accepting women or children under 13 as their passengers. The entire ride-hailing industry is coming forward to keep women safe during rides.
Heightened driver background checks:
With so many allegations on the drivers of some of the most prominent taxi services, companies are now determined to undergo intense background checks before hiring drivers. From background checks to liability insurances, safety standards are being raised significantly. Companies are also coming up with zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies for added security.
Amazing safety features being added to the apps:
Taxi companies are introducing remarkable safety apps designed to help passengers notify their family and friends in time of need. They can send notifications to the concerned friends and family members that they have hailed a taxi and same when they reach their destination safely. Tracking systems are also proving immensely effective for enhancing the security of someone sharing the ride with any of these taxi services.
Lyft is undoubtedly one of the most used taxi services in Chicago. Most of you hail these taxis daily for commuting from your home to job and vice versa. Your Lyft driver will pick you up and drop you to the location of your choice. Though it is an amazing endeavor to make transportation convenient and affordable, there are various problems associated with it as well. You never know if the taxi you have just hailed is showing signs of wear and tear lately.