Uber has made some changes to their user policy for anyone who uses their services – whether to get rides or to make some extra cash. Drivers and passengers who use the service are no longer able to carry guns while they are on on Uber rides, even if they have a legal permit to carry the weapon. This is a change, as Uber previously allowed partners to drive with guns, as long as they “abide(d) by local, state, and federal laws.”
The transportation company has a conversation with the New Republic and said that “we have adopted a no-firearms policy to ensure that both drivers and riders feel safe and comfortable on the platform.” It added that it made the changes on June 10th, well before the deadly Charleston attacks, and only after “reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners.”
The update carries over to the app and the legal language that you “read” when you download it as well:
That change may have come because Uber’s main rival, Lyft, has what it refers to as a “strict” no weapons policy in place for drivers and riders. Though laws in many US states allow citizens to carry guns in public, private businesses have the right to ban them from their premises or vehicles, especially if they have a chance of harming business. Still, some people, especially drivers in areas where they will feel more comfortable Uber is on murky legal ground there since it doesn’t employ the drivers directly or own the cars. Further muddying the waters, California recently ruled that Uber drivers are, in fact, employees.
Expect some other changes in the coming months for Uber riders and drivers, as more and more competition is coming onto the market.
Originally posted in i4u News