Uber bans passengers from flirting in attempt to solve sexual misconduct issue

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Uber has updated its guidelines to ban passengers from flirting and vomiting, amongst other misconduct.

These rules come following a year in which the taxi app company has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. In March, Buzzfeed News obtained internal data, which revealed that the company had recorded five rape claims and almost 170 cases of sexual assault between December 2012 and August 2015.

These passengers behaviour guidelines are a first for Uber, and give examples of unacceptable behaviour, which includes flirting, "vomiting due to excessive alcohol consumption" and vandalism. If passengers break these rules, they could face being permanently banned from the service.

In a statement, the company wrote: "Most riders show drivers the respect they deserve.

"But some don't – whether it's leaving trash in the car, throwing up in the back seat after too much alcohol or asking a driver to break the speed limit so they can get to their appointment on time.

"This kind of poor behaviour is not OK."