In a damage control attempt, multinational transport company Uber, which was banned in Delhi following gruesome rape in Gurgaon last year, has initiated a Women Chauffer Certification Course for women drivers on Thursday.
The transport company in association with iCare Life, a Singapore based social enterprise, has began the move with a handful of trainee women for now, but hope to create 50,000 jobs for women 2020.
Commenting on the recent news of the Delhi Government seeking suggestion from its law department to block Uber’s mobile app and website, its spokesperson said that the US-based mobile cab-booking company has submitted relevant documents for smooth functioning.
"We are working in accordance to the law. We have submitted all necessary documents to the department for smooth functioning of the services. We are in constant touch with the government and hope for positive outcomes," said Gagan Bhatia, General Manager of Uber, Delhi, in a press conference here.
On being asked about the status of their workers, Mr Bhatia said that the drivers are not their employees but partner as their main aim is to promote entrepreneurship.
He avoided making any direct comments regarding the 6 December incident, stating that the matter is subjudice.
"Each and every partner, I don’t want to comment on a specific partner, always has had their document checked. As I keep saying again and again, we don’t give license to the people, they obtain license from the state and they attach themselves to our platform for extra income,” said Bhatia, adding: “Every Uber Delhi partner has a PCB badge or police clearance, otherwise they can’t work with us."
He further added that beside clearance of the Delhi Police, a third party had been hired to cross check the background and criminal records of all the drivers.
"We look for the proper government permits to drive on the roads, but now we have additional checks in place to do the background verification of our partners. A third party called First Advantage, its world renowned company to do the background check, will carry on the background verification of our partners (drivers)," said Bhatia.
Bhatia also emphasised that necessary steps had been taken to strengthen the safety measures, especially for women passengers.
The car services were banned by the Delhi government in December last year after one of its drivers Shiv Kumar Yadav was arrested on charges of rape.
According to the reports, it was later found that the accused driver had a criminal record, which went unchecked by Uber.