Uber New Zealand manager Amanda Gilmore says that there are 6,500 drivers and 450,000 riders in the taxi application, and although she will not disclose the numbers, she says that complaints of sexual misconduct are rare.
The new Uber campaign against sexual and domestic violence is not inhibited when it comes to describing inappropriate behavior.
Uber's regional manager for New Zealand, Amanda Gilmore, said that the application-based company decided that it would be useful to provide specific examples to its 6,500 drivers and 450,000 passengers, "because sometimes people do not understand what is right and what is not."
On Wednesday, on the Uber website, the “Driving in Exchange” initiative was published, which states what is not in order.
Sexual misconduct involves shouting and fatigue, comments about appearance, showing obscene material, the question of whether someone is in a relationship and soliciting sex. Sexual abuse is defined as attempting or non-consensual touching, kissing or sex.
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Gilmore said the campaign also told the parties how to help the victims when they witnessed the violence, and Uber showed his commitment by providing a donation of $ 30,000 to the Sexual Abuse Network to fund his educational work.
She refused to disclose the number of complaints made about New Zealand Uber drivers, or how many of them used the emergency button 111, introduced in late September.
But she said that the incidents were rare, given the 15 million trips that Uber made globally each day, and statistics on the local market will be released in the transparency report next year.
The New Zealand Transport Agency processes applications for licenses for passenger transport vehicles, such as taxis and application-based services, such as Uber.
His data shows that in the past two years, 34 out of 388 people have estimated that passenger approvals are being rejected or canceled due to conviction for sex-related crimes.
Catherine McFillips, executive director of the Auckland Help Center for Sexually Assaulted Victims, said she helped sexually abused women by taxi or race on a “fairly regular basis”.
She welcomed the Uber initiative and said that, given the wide spread of Auckland’s ethnic groups and cultures, the definitions of sexual violence and misconduct helped prevent any misunderstandings about inappropriate behavior.
McFillips expressed surprise at the number of issued or canceled for sexual belief.
She said that, ideally, recruiters should interview potential drivers to assess their suitability, but if this is not possible, an online questionnaire can help identify those who demonstrate a “misogynist attitude” towards women.
“You could absolutely ask if it is normal to touch a female passenger, some people will be smart enough to respond to the test as if they were a great guy.
"But it will take away some of this, then you can go back to the person and say" some of your installations are not what we are looking for "and give them more education."
Fiona McNamara, general manager for combating sexual abuse, said that in the past he had advised taxi companies to identify problematic situations and how to deal with customers who were upset by unpleasant experiences earlier in the evening and then the network could work with Uber.
Taxi Federation Executive Director John Hart said that in the induction programs the expected standards of driver behavior are outlined, and taxi companies quickly respond to the slightest suggestion of inappropriate behavior.
"I know about one thing, where there was an inappropriate conversation with the driver, and the driver was within 48 hours."
Hart said that the deregulation of the taxi industry last year greatly facilitated obtaining a passenger license, and the concern was that many drivers were working unattended.
"No one is watching them, no one is checking."