Uber, the multi-billion-dollar tech company that’s taking over the livery industry, has banned its driver and passengers from carrying firearms of any kind during rides arranged using the company’s platform, according to a story on FoxNews.com. Anyone found to be in violation of the rule could lose access to Uber entirely. Previously, the company had deferred to local laws regarding guns.
According to this story on FoxNews.com, the policy change came on June 10 as a way to “make sure riders and drivers feel comfortable.”
In a statement, Uber said it made the change after reviewing feedback from both passengers and drivers.
In April, an Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit may have saved several lives when he shot a man who had opened fire on a group of people in Chicago.
According to this story on Breitbart.com, the Uber driver watched a group of people walk in front of his car on North Milwaukee Avenue just before midnight when 22-year-old Everardo Custodio allegedly began firing into the crowd. The driver pulled his gun and fired six shots at Custodio, wounding him in the shin, thigh, and lower back.
The driver was not identified because he was not charged with any crime. Uber didn’t issue a comment regarding the actions of that driver in Chicago.
San Francisco-based Uber lets customers request a ride using an app that connects them to other people who are signed up as Uber drivers. It’s available in more than 250 cities around the world and the company is currently worth around $40 billion. Uber has received criticism over treatment of its drivers and the thoroughness of the background checks it performs on those drivers, as well as other safety issues.
Uber’s competitor, Lyft, also has a “no weapons” policy, according to the company’s website.