Lyft Says 1,807 Sexual Assaults Occurred in Rides in 2019

Greater than 1,800 sexual assaults occurred throughout Lyft rides in 2019, the corporate stated on Thursday in its first-ever security report on sexual and bodily assaults, deadly crashes and different critical incidents.

Lyft’s security report had been lengthy awaited within the ride-hailing trade, as the corporate is going through lawsuits from victims of sexual assaults that occurred throughout rides. It dedicated to releasing its sexual assault statistics in 2019, when Uber launched an identical report.

“Whereas security incidents on our platform are extremely uncommon, we notice that even one is simply too many,” Lyft’s head of coverage improvement and analysis, Jennifer Brandenburger, stated in a weblog put up on Thursday. “Behind each report is an actual individual and actual expertise.”

The 1,807 sexual assaults throughout Lyft rides in 2019, the newest 12 months for information within the report, have been a 64 % enhance from 2017, the corporate stated. However as a result of the variety of rides rose even sooner, security improved total, Lyft stated, with the incident charge of sexual assaults declining 19 % throughout that interval.

4 folks have been killed throughout bodily assaults in 2019, and 49 have been killed throughout motorized vehicle accidents, Lyft stated within the report.

“The kind of security incidents detailed on this report occurred on 0.0002 % of rides, and properly over 99 % of all rides happen with none security report in any respect,” Ms. Brandenburger stated.

The statistics are in step with comparable incidents on Uber’s platform. Uber stated in its 2019 security report that the variety of sexual assaults on its platform the earlier 12 months represented simply 0.0002 % of all rides.

Rachel Abrams, a lawyer who represents about 1,000 sexual assault victims in lawsuits towards Uber and Lyft, stated the report from Lyft was lengthy overdue. “We’ve all been ready for it,” she stated.

“They aren’t implementing the security measures to forestall this from taking place, and it’s simply going to maintain mounting,” Ms. Abrams added. She stated Lyft ought to incorporate video surveillance in its automobiles to watch for security issues.

Lyft stated it was working to make its platform as protected as doable, requiring drivers to endure rigorous background checks and providing riders security check-ins and emergency help throughout rides that veer off target.

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