Uber has released its second US Safety Report giving details of events that have taken place during its rides in the US.
The report covers the years 2019 and 2020 and Uber said it reflected the impact of COVID-19 on business and trends across the US.
The report showed the vast majority of trips on Uberâmore than 99.9 percent âare completed without any safety report at all.
It also shows there were 3,824 reports across the five most severe categories of sexual assault and misconduct. Compared to the first Safety Report, which covered 2017 and 2018, the rate of sexual assault reported on the Uber app decreased by 38 per cent.
Uberâs motor vehicle fatality rate is still half the national average. Consistent with national trends, more than half of the motor vehicle fatalities highlighted in the report include at least one risky behavior, such as impairment or speedingâand 94 per cent were related to third-party drivers. Third parties were also the accused party in the majority of physical assault fatalities.
âTo be clear, disclosing our safety data doesnât mean Uberâs platform is less safeâit means weâre being more honest about the rare safety incidents that do occur,â said Uber in a statement.
âMost companies wonât talk about these tough issues, but pretending they donât exist only leaves everyone less safe. So we hope stakeholders, regulators and others will recognize, support and encourage proactive transparency effortsânot blunt them.
âWe want Uber to be the safest way to go anywhere and get anything, and weâll continue to lead by taking an expert-driven, action-oriented, and transparent approach. And because safety should never be proprietary, weâll encourage others to be more open themselves and to work together to improve safety for our industry and beyond.â