Uber Updates Now Forbid Flirting, Verbal Abuse, and More

Above: Stop flirting with people in your Uber pool

For almost seven years, Uber has been one of the most popular and efficient ways for people to get to their destination. The ride-sharing service is celebrated for its affordable rates and often credited with having very personable drivers. This trend hasn’t really wavered since its cabs have hit the streets, and the app’s latest update is looking to keep it that way. User conditions have been modified this week, and the company is implementing some common sense conditions, to help protect its drivers and passengers.

Riders looking to join an Uber pool will be now be banned if they are overly flirtatious, spew verbal attacks, or ask questions deemed too personal for the environment. If riders commit any of these acts, and tangible evidence is brought forth to the company, the person will be banned from using the app entirely. These updates will hopefully stop any potential creeps from crossing the line, and will set standards for a safe atmosphere while commuting. To read an extensive list of the new updates, follow us after the jump. You can also visit Uber’s official website to read more.

  • Damaging drivers’ or other passengers’ property. For example, damaging the car, breaking or vandalizing a phone, intentionally spilling food or drink, smoking, or vomiting due to excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Physical contact with the driver or fellow riders. As our community guidelines make clear, you shouldn’t touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what. And you should never hit or otherwise hurt a driver or fellow passenger.
  • Use of inappropriate and abusive language or gestures. For example, asking overly personal questions, using verbal threats, and making comments or gestures that are aggressive, sexual, discriminatory, or disrespectful.
  • Unwanted contact with the driver or fellow passenger after the trip is over. For example, texting, calling, or visiting someone in person after a ride has been completed. Remember, in most countries you can call and text your driver directly from the Uber app without ever having to share your personal phone number. This means that your phone number stays anonymous and is never given to the driver.
  • Breaking the local law while using Uber. For example, bringing open containers of alcohol or drugs into the car; traveling in large groups that exceed the number of seat belts in the car; asking drivers to break local traffic laws such as speed limits; or using Uber to commit a crime, including drug and human trafficking or the sexual exploitation of children.

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