- Uber has released a new set of guidelines for users of the platform
- It as advised users not to have more occupants in a vehicle than there are seat belts
- It has also asked users not to engage in unwelcome conversation
Uber, the ride sharing app, has officially released a set of rules for users of the mobile phone based platform in the continent of Africa.
This instance will mark the first time the app - which has taken urban transportation around the world by storm - release this sort of "etiquette" for users of the platform on African soil.
Aimed at educating both drivers and passengers on proper behavior while using the service, the new policy also aims to inform users that they potentially could be barred from the using the app if found to be in breach of the new guidelines.
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Among "unacceptable" behaviors cited within the new guidelines are the use of indecent language, and damaging a driver's or passenger's private property.
A common complaint among Uber drivers is the relatively high cost of having to drive an inebriated passenger, with one driver recounting a time when he carried a drunk passenger who failed to give him proper directions prior to falling asleep in his vehicle. The driver was forced to lose additional rides due to be unable to locate his drunk passengers destination.
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Commenting on the new code of etiquette in a statement, Uber stated "Many of these are obvious to most of us but they should be noted – whether it’s throwing up in the backseat or leaving rubbish in the car …”
Uber has also advised both drivers and passengers avoid cramming too many passengers due to safety precautions. The company has advised users not to have more occupants in the vehicle than there are seat belts.
Additionally, the guidelines urges users to respect driver's and passenger's personal space by refraining from flirting and/or touching occupants. It has also advised platform users not to engage in unwelcome conversation.
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