The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has urged Uber to take action after the company disclosed Thursday that it received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault spree sprees on 1.3 billion trips to the United States last year. On Friday, Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio praised Uber’s disclosure, but said Uber and other companies must do more to “establish formal policy, training and reporting structures.”
“As a nation, we must make sure that safety comes first and make it clear that sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated anywhere,” he said. ”
In November, DeFazio introduced legislation to help track and prevent accidents caused by various modes of transport, including ride-sharing. The bill has been approved by the Committee and is awaiting the next step for all members of the House of Representatives.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In its first biennial U.S. Safety Report, Uber said Thursday that the incidence of sexual assault fell 16 percent from the previous year in the five categories of most serious sexual assaults reported.
The company also said reports of passenger violations ignored the risks drivers were at risk, and in fact accounted for half of the allegations of sexual assault.
Uber says it is committed to increasing transparency to improve accountability and safety across the industry. The company said it would use the lessons learned from writing the report to take “next steps” elsewhere.
In the report, Uber said 99.9 percent of the 2.3 billion U.S. rides in 2017 and 2018 were not in a company with safety incidents.
Last October, Uber and its rival, Lyft, declined to hear from the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about the ride-off industry.
Lyft said Thursday that it will release its own safety report and share information about unsafe drivers. It did not specify the release date of the report.