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Uber Technologies Inc. applied to be regulated under a New Delhi taxi system and will hire drivers who recently passed police background checks. The city had shut down Uber’s previous service after a driver was accused of rape.
Uber applied on Jan. 21 to be licensed under a program that requires operators to install satellite tracking devices and use a central control room, it said in a blog post. Drivers must complete background checks within six weeks before their applications, it said.
A 26-year-old rider said she was raped by an Uber driver after she fell asleep in the taxi on Dec. 6. That came days before the second anniversary of a December 2012 gang rape and murder of a student, which shocked the nation and prompted India to increase penalties for sexual assault. The country is Uber’s largest market outside the U.S.
The San Francisco-based company said it would conduct independent background checks for all its drivers as well as review vehicle documentation to ensure rider safety. It would also add safety features such as an in-app emergency button and set up a dedicated incident-response team nationwide.
This article was written by Siddharth Philip from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.