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The US legislator said Uber must take action following the disclosure of child sexual abuse, reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, urged that the Uber Technologies Inc. to take action, after the company announced on Thursday it received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault in connection with the € 1.3 billion trips within the United States of america last year.

An Uber car in New York City, New York, New York, united states of america, on December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jefferson Siegel

Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, on Friday, praised Uber for the release of the information, but said Uber and other companies need to do more “to establish formal policies, training and reporting structures.”

“As a country, we need to make sure that safety is a priority, and to make it clear that sexual assault and sexual harassment will not be tolerated anywhere, no matter where it happens,” he said.

DeFazio, in November, legislation has been introduced in order to help you keep track of and prevention of incidents that may occur in a variety of modes of transportation, including ridesharing companies. It has been approved by the committee and is now waiting for action by the full U.S. House.

Uber does not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The presented figure shows a 16% decline in the number of incidents reported from the previous year in the five heaviest classes of sexual abuse were reported, Uber said on Thursday, in the first biennial of AMERICAN safety here

The company also said reports of attacks on passengers on the main view of the risks to the drivers, as the drivers accounted for about half of the defendants.

Uber, which operates in 70 countries around the world, said the report showed its efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in the security sector as a whole. It is said that it would be to use what they have learned to the production of the report, and the “next steps” in other areas.

In the report, Uber said it is 99.9% of the 2.3 billion of US trips a year in 2017 and 2018 ended without incident.

In October, Uber and rival Lyft Inc., refused to appear in front of DeFazio’s committee, at a hearing in relation to the stage of the industry.

“They do not appear at the hearing, it is a good sign that they would rather suffer a public lashing, then answer the questions on the record about their work,” DeFazio said at the October hearing, with the addition of the companies do not make information about the process for the deactivation of dangerous drivers to the public. They do not share any of the data on the prevalence of violence in their platforms.”

Lyft, on Thursday said it was committed to the disclosure of his / her own safety, reporting and sharing of information regarding unsafe drivers. In the book, a release date for the submission of the report.

Report by David Shepardson; edited by Bill Berkrot

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