Uber accused of failing to report sexual assault on passengers

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Uber has been called to account by the police after allegedly failing to report sex attacks committed by its drivers.

It comes after a letter emerged on Sunday expressing concern that the taxi app was not reporting such incidents to the police.


Media reports give one example of a driver, who sexually assaulted one of their passengers, was allowed to keep the job and went on to carry out a second offence.

Neil Billany, head of the Metropolitan Police's taxi and private hire unit said in a letter to The Sunday Times: "[Uber] is allowing situations to develop that clearly affect the safety and security of the public.

"Had Uber notified police after the first offence, it would be right to assume the second would have been prevented."

In response to the accusations, Uber said: "We were surprised by this letter as in no way does it reflect the good working relationship we have with the police.

"We advise people to report serious incidents to the police and support any subsequent investigations, but respect the rights of individuals to decide whether or not to make such reports."

In February this year a staggering 48 allegations of sexual assault were made that involved Drivers working for Uber.

Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly's transport committee chairwoman, obtained the letter via the Freedom of Information Act – calling it a 'cover up.'

There are also reports from The Times that TFL could revoke the company's licence, which was due for renewal in May. However, TFL extended this by four months to give itself time to make a final decision on what it describes as 'significant concern.'