AUSTRALIA has been rocked by a series of ride-sharing scandals, with a number of drivers and owners claiming they were ordered to “get the hell out of town” after a complaint was made about a ride sharing service.
One driver, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Australian he was ordered to leave the state’s capital, Canberra, for a “safe space”.
“I was asked to leave [the CBD] and that’s when I started to cry,” the driver said.
“I just felt so humiliated and scared and just wanted to get out of there.”
People who had complained about me, I just felt that was the wrong time to speak out.””
I feel very badly for these people who are getting the boot, but I’m just doing what I’m doing for my own safety,” he added.
The ride sharing services, which use smartphones to share the ride-home route between destinations in Australia, are known as Uber and Lyft.
The drivers, who use their smartphones to connect with their ride-share clients, claim that while they were “in the right” to be there, they were asked to move on.
In response to the accusations, Uber said in a statement that it had “not been involved in any form of alleged conduct” and that it was investigating.
But the driver’s claim that he was asked by an Uber driver to leave Canberra was not the only incident in recent days.
On Friday, another driver, identified only as “J”, said he was told to “move on” and “not to complain to anyone”.”
In a statement to the ABC, Uber confirmed it was “conducting a full investigation” into the complaints and would “take appropriate action to address them”.”
I said I couldn’t do that, I was already moving on, so it’s not fair on me.”
In a statement to the ABC, Uber confirmed it was “conducting a full investigation” into the complaints and would “take appropriate action to address them”.
The drivers’ claims come after Uber’s former chief operating officer, Susan Fowler, accused the company of “a culture of bullying and harassment” and alleged that Uber had engaged in “anti-Semitism” to stifle dissent.
Fowler said Uber was “not the first company to be accused of anti-Semitism and had not been the last”.
She said Uber had a “culture of bullying” and had been “hiding behind anti-Semitic rhetoric to deflect criticism”.
In a series on Uber’s behaviour in Australia in December, Uber’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, told the BBC that “some people don’t like our culture”.
The company was “really starting to get the message” that the world was changing, Kalanicks said.
The revelations prompted the ABC to investigate Uber’s alleged anti-Jewish behaviour, and the driver claims that he had been ordered to move “out of state” and not to complain.
Uber declined to comment.