Woman, 33, sues Uber for £50,000 after driver ‘groped her breasts’

Passenger, 33, is suing Uber for £50,000 after her ‘driver groped her breasts twice’ during a taxi ride home from a night out

  • Woman, 33, ordered herself an Uber after night out in Leeds in December 2015 
  • She claims the man driving the taxi groped her breasts on two occasions 
  • It is believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK after landmark case in US 

A woman is suing Uber for £50,000 over claims her driver groped her breasts on a ride home from a night out.

The passenger, 33, is believed to be the first person in the UK to lodge such a claim against the taxi giant. 

She claims the incident happened after she ordered an Uber following a night out with friends in Leeds city centre in December 2015.

Shortly after they set off the driver groped her breasts on two occasions, the woman alleges.

A 33-year-old woman is suing Uber for £50,000 over claims her driver groped her breasts on a ride home from a night out in Leeds in 2015 

Her lawyers claim she has been left with psychiatric problems, including depression and a ‘specific phobia’, reports The Sun.  

The alleged victim has lodged a claim at London’s High Court for between £30,000 and £50,000. MailOnline has contacted Uber for comment.  

The US-based taxi firm has been plagued by problems since it launched in San Francisco in 2011. 

It had its licence revoked by Transport for London in 2017 after numerous safety complaints.

Transport bosses in the capital ruled it was not fit for purpose, but the firm won an appeal and was granted a one-year extension.

It will rule again in September whether it should be allowed to continue. 

At the start of 2018 more than 2,500 Uber drivers had been investigated for suspected offences including sex assaults, stalking and dangerous driving.

An official memo last January revealed there were many more unreported cases.

It said 1,148 London-licensed Uber drivers were accused of ‘category A’ offences such as sexual incidents, stalking and dangerous driving.

More than 1,400 drivers were the subject of repeated complaints for lower-level misbehaviour, such as discriminatory comments and ‘inappropriate interpersonal conduct’ toward passengers. 

This week Uber sought to crackdown on passengers misbehaving, threatening to kick people out if they cause trouble.   

Pictured: The woman claims the incident took place on the way home from Leeds city centre in December 2015 

The company said that starting Wednesday, riders with a rating from drivers that is significantly below average could lose their ability to ride.

But before that happens they will get tips on how to improve ratings by being polite, not leaving rubbish in vehicles and not asking the driver to violate the speed limit. 

Uber says it will get several chances to improve their rating before getting the boot.

It is not clear exactly how low a users’ rating has to drop in order for them to be in danger of deactivation. 

‘Respect is a two-way street, and so is accountability,’ Kate Parker head of safety brand and initiatives, wrote in a blog post. 

‘Drivers have long been required to meet a minimum rating threshold which can vary city to city. 

‘While we expect only a small number of riders to ultimately be impacted by ratings-based deactivations, it’s the right thing to do,’ she added.  

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