Uber recently unveiled an updated set of guidelines for its immense user base. The ride-sharing giant is now banning flirtation amongst other riders as well as the driver, asking the driver incredibly personal questions, verbal threats, discrimination, bearing firearms and more. This new criterion is to presumably help ensure the safety, comfortability, and the general well-being of all persons inside the car. As a whole, Uber simply points out that “courtesy matters” and the rules in place will hopefully get folks to “exercise good judgment and behave decently towards other people in the car when riding with Uber — just as you would in any public place.”
Riders will be banned from the app if the company obtains actual evidence of serious offenses caused. Take a look at several of the guidelines below and head over to Uber’s official website to learn 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.