Your Private Driver: What’s My Name?

This column provides tips, insights, and observations on TNCs like Uber and Lyft from a driver that’s worked with them for several years.

Passenger safety has always been a hot-button issue with Uber and Lyft. Taxi companies and others have long railed on the seemingly weak vetting process that TNCs have for their drivers, and any story of an Uber or Lyft driver committing a rape, assault, or murder seems to get traction in the mainstream media. It was for these reasons that the very first column I contributed to over two years ago focused on ways that passengers could protect themselves. That advice has not changed, even if the companies, via their apps, have provided a few more tools for passengers to use.

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