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Can I request a female Uber driver? (I'm female and would feel more safe)

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    lacy
    162 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    You can not. I think this is actually for the safety of the drivers as well. While it is unlikely, a man could pose as a woman, order a female Uber and assault them. This is certainly still possible but would require possibly ordering more than one to be able to succeed thereby decreasing the odds of a man doing this. 

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      LarissaGirl
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       1 year ago

      So apparently, you don't have to be a woman to be a driver for Safr.  You don't have to be a women to be a rider either.  I think someone else mentioned how they cannot only accept women due to legal reasons, and I wonder if that's the case.

      I do see that you can *request* whichever gender you prefer.  That all sounds nice, but you are right.  Men with bad intentions can request women drivers, which is a problem.

      Though, I am not sure if I am reading this correctly.  What do you think?

      "If you already earn money as a driver, it’s a no brainer! We pay more. If you have never driven, now is your chance. Safr is redefining ridesharing for women so you can have peace of mind participating in the sharing economy. Safr gives you the option to select which gender you feel most comfortable riding with and Safr riders are like-minded in desiring a safe rideshare experience for all women. Let’s hit the road and make a difference." https://www.gosafr.com/drivers/

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        lacy
        162 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        It sounds like a PR campaign. I went to their site and found out more. It does require an in-person interview and a more thorough background check. But I also note when I look through the pictures that I do not see any diversity. This is one thing that Lyft and Uber do have due to their onboarding process. While a more thorough background check might make some feel more comfortable, in reading about most horror stories, there was no history of inappropriate behaviors, so no matter how thorough that check is, these people would have still slid in. The problem with those background checks is that they cost a lot of money and certainly that cost would be put onto the customer. I also noticed there was no fare estimator, which leads me to believe that they would be much higher than either Lyft or Uber. 

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    Bigfrank
    420 Driver Driver Rider
     10 months ago

    See Jane go ... off the cliff and into the water. 

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      AliCommons
      31 Rider
       5 months ago

      LOL. We can have fun with this name, can't we.

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    sally
    82 Driver
     1 year ago

    Uber really should have a service for this, I mean come on they have Uber Wine, Uber Puppies, Uber Food but not a service designed to help combat the sexual assualt that is so frequent within their company?!

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      bellylaugh
      39 Rider
       1 year ago

      Ya Uber will never do this, sexist pigs.

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        srider78
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         1 year ago

        Isn't it more sexist to provide a service only for women?  service men aren't allowed to take?

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      CasPer
      325 Rider
       1 year ago

      That reminds me of the subway in Japan.  I they can do it, they should have an option for women too, right? Just create another option next to UberX.  UberWomen or something.

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        ScarySamantha
        53
         1 year ago

        They have one in Rio also.  Take a look at the huge security guy.

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    MartzMimic
    3 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    When I see a question like this, I like to think of the inverse: “Can I request a male Uber driver?”

    Japan and other countries can do as they wish because they lack the anti-discrimination laws we hold dear. 

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      JonHogan
      84 Driver
       5 months ago

      Why would people request for dudes?  Oh, that was a serious question but I now realize people who think men are better drivers would.  I am not sure if that really crosses people's mind, but then again, maybe I am giving them too much credit.

      So are you in the camp of people who believe "Can I request a female driver" is just as sexist and discriminatory? 

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        MartzMimic
        3 Rider Driver
         5 months ago

        From a legal standpoint, yes, it would be. Ridesharing companies would face immediate court action and EEOC complaints if they designed their app to allow pax or drivers to select based on gender, race, age, etc. The reasons why someone might want to select a driver based on whatever are as varied as the day is long. 

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    DonnaHarterCoffin
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     1 year ago

    I think I heard of one called Ride Safr although im

     it sure where they are at.

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      JPoland
      173 Driver Driver
       1 year ago

      Safr?  It's based out of Boston.  

      Safr, ride-sharing program for women, debuts in Boston

      Huh, weird.  I just looked at theit website, but it doesn't have a list of cities they are currently operating in. Maybe Boston only?

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      AnitaBAnthony
      75
       1 year ago

      Gosh, their website is awful.  I went looking to see which cities they are available in, and I couldn't find it at all.  Are they going to make me download and sign up before I can find out for myself whether my city is covered?

      It says they are *now* in Boston.  but wherelse?

      https://www.gosafr.com/about-safr/

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      LarissaGirl
      37
       1 year ago

      Yeah, I remember them. I think they are still operating. I saw them on my news feed that they are targeting Orlando next. 

      I also read up on how they aren't all female drivers and aren't for only female riders. They had to mix it up. Maybe for legal reasons. (Can't discriminate)

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    dwayneJR
    69
     1 year ago

    I feel like more women driver for Lyft, you might have better luck with female drivers if you order a lyft over uber?

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      SpikeSparkle
      161 Rider
       1 year ago

      So I always thought Lyft drivers were all hippies.  So more women are hippies?  

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        jillifitz
        1 Driver
         11 months ago

        Sorry! No dirty Hippies here, but I am female and I drive for Lyft. I've had several female pasengers thank me for picking them up...and being female instead of a guy.  So we talk about make-up and shoes till we reach point B!

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          kstark77
          100
           11 months ago

          So many female drivers on this forum. I don’t think this is representative of the entire rideshare industry. 

          Unless, of course, more females post online generally. No idea if that’s true. 

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        CaptainChampion
        128
         1 year ago

        awesome logic.

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        kstark77
        100
         11 months ago

        Well, women are still minorities as rideshare drivers.  They are trend-setters, and perhaps some may call them hippies. 

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    daisy_li
    32
     1 year ago

    It would be nice, but seems like it could be a logistical nightmare to have to arrange for specific woman drivers. Users may have to wait extra long to get a ride if they really want a woman, but i guess it's something to consider. 

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    dessertali
    99
     1 year ago

    They have this is Dubai. My husband and I were scared to death we would get on the wrong train and he would get in big trouble! It was easy to spot though, very pink (of course, eyeroll).

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      nappydays2
       1 year ago

      Lol I got on the wrong train with my wife, they pulled me off and my wife stayed and the train took off before I could get on the car behind I had to meet her at the next stop!! It was scary for 10 seconds while being pulled off but no fine or anything.

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        dessertali
        99
         1 year ago

        haha, this is what we feared. Did they say anything to you?

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    FlutterShy
    310 Rider
     1 year ago
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    Dan_the_man
    43
     1 year ago

    Aren't female drivers worse than the guys? Lol.