MUMBAI: In a strange incident, a woman decided to drive herself from Pune to Mumbai after she noticed that the driver of the Uber cab she had booked was continuously dozing off while driving.
Tejaswini Divya Naik had booked a cab from Pune for Mumbai in February.
"Initially, the driver was constantly on the phone and I told him not to use the phone while driving. After he put the phone down, he started falling asleep," she told media.
Naik told the driver that he could sleep for 30 minutes and she could drive.
She reported about the incident on social media.
She also filed a complaint with Uber.
The driver’s app to the service was then suspended.
In February, Bappadittya Sarkar, a 23-year-old poet from Jaipur, landed in police station after an Uber driver called the police and alleged that Sarkar was making “anti-national” statements over the phone.
The driver suspected that Sarkar was a “communist” and he posed danger to the country.
Sarkar who had called for the Uber to go from Juhu to Kurla around 10.30 pm was talking to a friend on the phone over people’s discomfort with ‘Laal Salaam’
During the journey, he was discussing with his friend on mobile phone people’s discomfort with 'Laal Salaam’ slogan at Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi. After a while the driver said that he wanted to withdraw money from the ATM, instead, he returned with the cops who asked him why he was carrying a Daafli.
Only then Sarkar had noticed that the driver had parked outside Santacruz police station.
Sarkar was taken to the police station. The driver had alleged that the poet was a communist and was talking about “burning the country.”
In 2019, Ride-hailing giant Uber was not given a license to operate in London after repeated safety failures, according to Transport for London (TfL) as the company was found not to be “fit and proper” as a license holder.
Uber had then said it will appeal the decision.
The cab aggregator was first stripped of its operating license in September 2017 over a “lack of corporate responsibility,” but the most company’s recent problems involve loopholes in the firm’s driver verification system.
According to TfL, Uber has been working to combat fraud committed by drivers, but it’s not clear that Uber has done enough