Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Uber | posted June 23, 2015 07:45
No guns allowed inside Uber vehicle, whether driver or passenger
After an incident in Chicago, Illinois last April when an Uber driver with a carry-permit of a concealed weapon shot a male suspect in defense as the man was shooting at pedestrians, the global ride-hailing service that is now valued at US$ 40 billion has implemented a blanket policy for its service all over the world.
Starting June 10, no guns or firearms will be allowed inside an Uber-operated vehicle or its affiliates to ensure that drivers and passengers feel safe and ‘comfortable.’
This applies in any country that Uber operates in regardless of the existing laws on gun possession.
Anyone caught violating the policy runs the risk of being totally banned from the service forever.
The policy change came about after getting valuable feedback from passengers and drivers themselves.
Uber is currently facing an uphill battle to get its operation legalized in the Philippines. After getting the initial ‘nod’ from the LTFRB and DOTC, lawmen from the House of Representatives have recently called for the suspension of all online-based transport systems.