FactCheck: Are ridesharing services like Uber no safer than hitchhiking?

Terrence Goldsworthy, Andrew Goldsmith (Guest editor)

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In Australia, as in other countries, Uber and ridesharing apps like it are now posing a threat to the market dominance of traditional options such as taxis.

The threat to livelihood is taken so seriously that taxi drivers recently rioted in France with the aim of stopping Uber providers and users and eroding their trade. But traditional commercial transport groups have launched other, more subtle, attacks aimed at making people think twice before using these types of apps.

One such tactic is to claim ridesharing carries an increased risk of crime when compared to traditional transport methods. In other words: scare tactics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2015


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