U of California bans employees from using Uber because it’s too dangerous

Katherine Timpf
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  • The Office of Risk Services determined these startups "are not fully regulated" and therefore "do not protect users to the same extent as a commercially regulated business.”
  • The University of California (UC) has banned employees from using Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, on business trips — claiming the companies are so dangerous that they present “insurance concerns.”

    The system’s Office of Risk Services determined that these and other service startups "are not fully regulated" and therefore "do not protect users to the same extent as a commercially regulated business,” according to an email sent out to the University of California - Los Angeles campus.

    The rules apply to the employees of all schools in the UC system.   

    According to an article in Inside Higher Ed in UC officials decided that using these services was so risky that it could present “insurance concerns.”

    Both Lyft and Uber are ride-sharing services that allow users to order taxis from their mobile phones. Both services have extensive safety measures in place: from liability insurance to detailed background checks on all drivers.

    Airbnb is an online and mobile service that allows people to rent their homes and apartments to guests. It is widely popular, with more than 15 million total guests, and is offered in n 34 thousand cities in 190 countries, according to its website.

    All hosts and guests must also verify their identities in order to participate.

    The rules apply to the employees of all schools in the UC system.

    Ironically, Logan Green, the CEO and co-founder of Lyft, attended UC-Santa Barbara, and Travis Kalanick, the CEO and co-founder of Uber, went to UCLA.

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    Katherine Timpf

    Katherine Timpf

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    Katherine Timpf is a columnist at Campus Reform. Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter, web editor, and radio personality at The Washington Times. She was also an anchor for NASA's alternative radio station, Third Rock Radio.

    Timpf has appeared on national television news shows, including  America Live with Megyn Kelly and Fox and Friends, and her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. She has been an op ed contributor to publications including the Orange County Register and Investor's Business Daily.

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