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Amid questions about screening, Uber is reviewing its driver safety program

Uber, which provides service in the Kansas City area, has faced criticism over the safety of its rides.
Uber, which provides service in the Kansas City area, has faced criticism over the safety of its rides. The Associated Press

Uber Technologies Inc. said it has begun an assessment of its safety programs amid mounting questions about its driver screening process.

The San Francisco-based mobile car booking company named former Amazon.com Inc. executive Tim Collins to lead global support, according to a blog post Wednesday by Philip Cardenas, Uber’s head of global safety.

The review, started in November, will determine where greater investment in safety is required, including possible improvements in technology, background checks and incident response teams to offer support, Uber said.

The startup, which provides service in the Kansas City area, has faced criticism over the safety of its rides. Earlier this month, the company had to grapple with allegations that one of its drivers raped a woman in New Delhi. An Uber driver was charged in San Francisco this month in the killing of a 6-year-old girl crossing a street last New Year’s Eve. Critics have questioned whether safety is an Achilles’ heel for Uber.

“We are reminded by the recent tragic event in India that best-in-class safety must be a constant quest,” Cardenas wrote. “We owe it to all our riders, driver partners and communities around the world to examine what we can do better and then do everything we can to make more progress on safety.”

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