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Uber Records 38% Drop in Rate of Reported Sexual Assaults

Uber Loses London License Over Concerns for Rider Safety
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Uber Technologies Inc. said it received 3,824 reports of sexual assault and misconduct across five categories on its ride-hailing app in 2019 and 2020, reflecting a 38% decline in the rate of such reports since its first safety report published two-and-a-half years ago.  

The decline may be related to the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused demand for Uber rides to plummet 80%, the company said in its second safety report, released on Thursday. Still, the vast majority of trips on Uber -- more than 99.9%  -- were completed without safety complaints. The previous report, released in December 2019, covered the years 2017-2018.