Uber Vehicles Seized in Cuernavaca

Uber, the mobile phone ride-hailing service, defies the law by attempting to begin service in Cuernavaca without obtaining permits, which leads to the seizure of vehicles associated with the service.

Uber’s entry in Cuernavaca, capital of the state of Morelos, was not wholly successful as the Mobility and Transport Secretariat ordered the seizure of all vehicles affiliated with the service.

According to Secretary Jorge Messeguer, Uber can’t operate in the city because it lacks the necessary permits to do so, but he invited the company to approach him to solve the issue by issuing an invitation via his Twitter account.

“We aren’t opposed to new options for the users of public transport, but all should be done in a regulated manner,” tweeted Messeguer.

At least two Uber-affiliated vehicles were impounded in Cuernavaca yesterday.

However, the problem lies much deeper than with the licensing of Uber to operate. Many citizens believe that the government should be more concerned with the safety of the public than on revenue that the city is paid by the company to operate within the city. Worldwide the safety of citizens is being called into question as Uber pays little attention to the hiring of drivers.

Uber’s process for hiring drivers is dangerously negligent. Uber does not require fingerprints or law enforcement to background-check their drivers. And Uber doesn’t even bother to meet with drivers in person before allowing them to ferry passengers. This has led to a large number of Uber drivers being hired by the company that have extensive violent criminal backgrounds.

Uber accepts no responsibility for the safety of their passengers as the drivers are not employees of the company, but self-employed workers, which protects the company from lawsuits.

The result is a series of incidents involving “ridesharing” passengers being harmed and criminal offenders behind the wheel. Below is just a small and certainly incomplete of reported incidents involving Uber drivers. Citizens should be very concerned who is driving the taxi that they get into.

Uber Driver Shoots and Kills Six People and Wounded Two Others in Kalamazoo, Michigan (2/21/16)

Pedestrian Struck By An Uber Driver in Connecticut Pronounced Dead at Hospital (2/23/16)

Uber and Uber Driver Sued for Negligence After Collision Kills Passenger in Miami (1/14/16)

Woman Dies After Being Run Over by the Rear Wheel of an Uber Vehicle in Columbus, OH (8/28/15)

Manhattan Uber Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian (3/10/15)

Seven-Year-Old San Francisco Girl Struck and Killed by Uber Driver; Uber Denies Responsibility (5/7/14)

Assaults by Uber Drivers

Uber Driver in Los Angeles Arraigned on Theft and Assault Charges (01/28/16)

Uber Driver Accused of Aggravated Assault and Misdemeanor Battery After Pulling a Gun on Manatee County, Florida Passenger (01/26/16)

Uber Driver Allegedly Assaults Cincinnati Woman (01/18/16)

California Woman Says Uber Driver Broke Her Jaw (01/13/16)

Woman Allegedly Punched in the Face and Racially Abused by her Uber Driver in Addiscombe, South London, UK (11/30/15)

Passenger Hit in the Face by Uber Driver in Indianapolis (11/20/15)

Australian Woman Allegedly Attacked by her Uber Driver Suffers a Broken Leg and Blood Clot from the Ordeal (9/8/15)

A Los Angeles Woman Says Her Uber Driver Threw Her onto the Street (6/4/15)

Denver Uber Driver Allegedly Drove Woman to Airport, then Went Back to Rob Her Home (4/1/15)

Hiring Uber Safe or Uber Dangerous? (3/18/15)

Boston Uber Driver Charged with Indecent Assault and Battery (2/9/15)

Alleged Assault by Chicago Uber Driver (12/10/14)

San Francisco Passenger Struck In Head with Hammer by UberX Driver (9/30/14)

Uber Driver Pulls Gun on Valet in Atlanta (9/8/14)

Philadelphia Uber Driver Beat Model, Pushed Earring through Skin in Traffic Jam (7/14/14)

Uber Driver Punches Passenger in Oklahoma (6/3/14)

San Francisco Uber Customer Claims Abuse and Assault by Uber Driver (11/25/13)

Writer and Activist Reports Being Choked in DC; Uber Denies the Event and Responsibility (9/16/13)

Uber Customer Sues for $2M over Alleged Driver Stabbing in DC (9/8/13)

DC Uber Driver Allegedly Assaults Passenger for Burping (3/8/13)

 Sexual Assaults and Harassment Incidents by Uber

Brooklyn Uber Driver Exposes Himself To, Sexually Assaults Passenger (2/29/16)

Woman in Henry County, GA, Accuses Uber Driver of Attacking, Groping Her (2/29/16)

Police Say 2 Students At Michigan State University Have Been Sexually Assaulted by a Rideshare Driver (2/26/16)

Uber Driver Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Journalist in Delhi, India (1/22/16)

Uber Passenger Sues Driver for Sexual Assaulted and Battery, False Imprisonment, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Negligence (1/18/16)

Uber Driver Indicted for One Count of Rape, Two Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Over 14 and One Count of Assault to Rape on Cape Cod (1/8/16)

Uber Driver Sexually Assaults Athens, GA, Customer in Burglary of Her Home, Police Say (1/7/16)

Uber Driver Arrested in Connection with Scottsdale, AZ, Sexual Assault Against Teen Passenger (1/1/16)

Dozens of Students Accuse Uber Driver of Harassment, Intimidation in Geuleph, Canada (11/26/15)

Kansas City, MO, Police Report 7 Sexual Assaults by Ride-hailing Drivers Since 2014 (11/23/15)

Los Angeles Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Battery after Allegedly Groping USC Student (11/22/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Passenger in Denver, CO (11/19/15)

Austin, TX Police Investigating 7 Cases of Alleged Sexual Assault by Uber Drivers (11/13/15)

British Uber Driver Gets 8 Months in Jail For Sexually Assaulting a Passenger (11/5/15)

‘Ridesharing’ Driver Charged with Allegedly Raping a British Tourist in Sydney, Australia (10/22/15)

Community Advocacy Director at Austin, Texas Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention and Counseling Nonprofit SafePlace Testifies the Organization Has Counseled 4 Victims of Sexual Assault by TNC Drivers in 3 Months (10/16/15)

Uber Driver Sought for Alleged Sexual Assault in Toronto in June, 2015 (9/25/15)

Toronto Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Passenger in His Vehicle (9/17/15)

Woman in Ohio Allegedly Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver (9/10/15)

Uber Driver in New Jersey Accused of Raping a Female Customer (8/28/15)

An Uber Driver in China Charged with Robbery and Rape (8/26/15)

Philadelphia Uber Driver Accused of Rape in June Loses Bail Request (8/12/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Kidnapping and Raping a Female Passenger in South Carolina (8/12/15)

Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Battery in Virginia (8/6/15)

Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Assault in Dallas (8/1/15)

Uber Driver Allegedly Caught Masturbating In Front of Female Passenger in India (7/22/15)

Uber Driver Linked by DNA Evidence, Witness Accounts to Five Other Sexual Assaults in Boston between 2006 and 2010 (7/14/15)

Uber Driver in Chicago Allegedly Exposes Himself to a Female Passenger, Uber Admits He Should Have Failed Background Check (6/26/15)

Virginia Mother Alleges Uber Driver Molested Her 13-year-old Daughter (6/16/15)

Uber Driver in New Jersey Fondles Himself in Backseat with Female Passenger (6/3/15)

Uber New Delhi Molestation Case: Uber Cab Driver Suspended After He Molested Female Passenger in Gurgaon (6/1/15)

Mississauga, Canada, Uber driver is facing a charge of sexual assault after allegedly assaulting a female passenger (5/20/15)

University of Southern California Student Says Uber Driver Raped Her After Party (5/1/15)

New York Woman Says Uber Driver Grabbed, Assaulted Her (4/30/15)

Wisconsin Woman Tells Police Uber Driver Inappropriately Touched Her (4/27/15)

Houston Uber Driver Accused of Rape Started Work After 14 Years in Federal Prison (4/7/15)

Houston Uber Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Customer (4/2/15)

Uber Driver Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges in Paris (3/25/15)

Philadelphia Woman Says She Was Raped and Kidnapped by an UberX Driver (3/24/15)

Uber Driver Investigated After Alleged Sexual Assault in Mar Vista, California (2/3/15)

Chicago Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault, Unlawful Restraint and kidnapping of 21-year-old male passenger (1/14/15)

Uber Driver Arrested Over Alleged Sexual Assault in Melbourne, Australia (1/10/15)

London Uber Driver Asks Rider for Oral Sex (12/11/14)

Uber Driver in India Accused of Rape (12/8/14)

Orlando Uber Passenger Allegedly Touched by Uber Driver (9/25/14)

Three San Francisco Women Say Uber Driver Sexually Harassed Them (9/25/14)

DC Uber Driver Accused of Molesting Rider (7/28/14)

Uber Driver Charged with Fondling Passenger in Chicago (4/10/14)

New York-based Journalist Sexually Harassed and Stalked by Uber Driver (3/28/14)

DC Uber Driver Arrested for Alleged Rape but Not Charged Despite Strong Evidence (9/14/13)

“Rideshare” Driver Sends Seemingly Endless Amount of Creepy Text Messages to Rider (7/16/13)

Kidnappings by Uber Drivers

Felons Behind the Wheel

Driver DUIs & Other Offenses

A Man Who Posed As An Uber Driver Is Accused of Raping a Woman in Hamden, CT (2/27/16)

Toronto Police Warn Uber Users After Report of Imposters Attempting to Lure a Woman Into Their Vehicle (2/17/16)

Man Driving Car with Uber Decals Murdered, Raising Security Concerns with LA Police (2/9/16)

Two Men Robbed by Suspect Posing as Uber Driver in Memphis (2/3/16)

Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of director Kevin Smith, almost kidnapped in Los Angeles by Two Men Posing as Uber Drivers (2/3/16)

Women Pose as Uber Drivers in San Diego in Scheme to Rob Man (12/5/15)

Man Impersonating an Uber Driver Picks Up Woman in Portland (10/28/15)

Chicago Criminals Posing as Uber Drivers to Commit Robberies (9/22/15)

Fake Uber Driver Tried to “Lure” a Simmons College Student into a Vehicle in Boston (9/14/15)

Man Posing as an Uber Driver Picked Up Two College Students in Texas (9/7/15)

Man Posing as Uber Driver Arrested for Attempting to Abduct Tallahassee College Student (9/1/15)

Fake Uber Driver Picks Up a Couple in Kansas City (6/23/15)

Man Posing As Uber Driver Sought for Sexual Assault by D.C. Police (5/11/15)

False Uber Driver Sexually Assaults Passenger in Manhattan (5/11/15)

Uber Imposter Reported in Dallas (10/22/14)

Man Posing As Uber Driver Robs Atlanta Passenger (7/21/14)

Local Taxi Drivers Protest

The expansion of Uber continues along with strong opposition from traditional taxi operators who see a threat to their livelihoods. This week, Uber added six cities — Aguascalientes, Cuernavaca, Hermosillo, Mérida, Mexicali and San Luis Potosí — to its Mexico portfolio, bringing the total to 14.

Not on the list is the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name, but that hasn’t deterred the local taxi drivers’ union from protesting the introduction of the service, which is planned for this summer. The taxi drivers protested on what they claim are planned modifications to the city’s transport law, which allegedly would pave the way for Uber. The state government denied that such modifications are being discussed.

Some taxi companies have registered drops in demand of 60%. One taxi company representative, stated “we can’t survive.” He warned that protests could continue if their demands aren’t met.

While the taxi drivers protested, Uber countered by offered a promotional code giving its users free rides between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Their sole goal is to run all taxi drivers and their companies out of business.

Earlier this week in Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, unionized taxi drivers protested against the ride-hailing service. By the end of the day, one police officer was injured and 47 people had been arrested.

By that evening, over 2,000 taxi drivers had gathered in downtown Guadalajara where several confrontations were reported.

About G. William Hood

G. William Hood is a writer, fine arts painter, educator and world traveler. He lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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