Remember that mass shooting an Uber driver cut short by engaging the bad guy with his own gun? Apparently Uber doesn’t. Or they do and have decided to ban drivers and passengers from carrying guns.
The policy shown above appears on Uber’s website. It stands in contrast with Uber’s statement following the Chicago incident. At the time, spokesperson Jen Mullin said the the company, “requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles.”
Now just in case you were thinking Lyft might be a better option, here’s their current policy:
To keep our entire community comfortable, Lyft has a strict “No Weapons” policy. This means that if any driver or passenger possesses a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, regardless of whether possession is legal where they are, they will be removed from the platform.
We approach this issue from a community perspective — it’s hard to know what someone else is or isn’t comfortable with. The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed.
Lyft reserves sole judgement on what constitutes a “weapon”.
Personally, I try to avoid using cabs, Uber, Lyft, of even a bus if I can. But it seems to me that both Uber and Lyft are blowing business opportunities for the sake of being politically correct. Given the behavior of some drivers with these services, I’m not sure I’m willing to give up my self-defense options for a cheap ride.