Since its inception Uber has been marred by reports of inappropriate behaviour by its drivers, particularly towards women.
Ask almost any frequent, female user of the ride-sharing app and she’ll tell you a story of a time she felt uncomfortable, or worse unsafe, while trying to get from A to B.
“I had an Uber driver ask me out recently,” one Mamamia staff member said, while discussing the the company’s new behaviour guidelines.
“Now I think about it, he was planting the seed throughout the trip – asking me if I lived with my ‘boyfriend’, etc. – and then as I was about to get out he dropped the question. It was incredibly uncomfortable. I can’t imagine he rated me five stars after my polite refusal.”
The guidelines are for both passengers and drivers, and some are clearly aimed at cracking down on sexual misconduct from behind the wheel.
Among other things, they include a broad ban on 'flirting'.
Another member of the Mamamia team recently made an official complaint after a driver who appeared to take an 'extra long route' to extend a ten minute trip to over half an hour.
"He told me I kept myself 'well maintained', asked how I worked out and asked if he could work out with me," she said.
"[He] asked about my marital status and age, asked why I didn't sit in the front with him."