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14-year-old speaks out after Lyft driver's lewd act in Queens
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:27:32 PM »
The victim, who we are not identifying, was alone in the backseat on her way to a friend's home when she noticed the driver staring at her in the rear-view mirror.

"I heard, like, his belt unbuckle," she said. "And then all of a sudden, I noticed that he was masturbating."

When she reached her destination, she called her mother.

I mean, I started crying," her mother said. "I was upset for her. I'm still upset for her."

They immediately went to the 111th Precinct, but the receipt had only the driver's first name and his picture. When detectives called Lyft to get the driver's full name, the company demanded a subpoena.

Narinderjit Singh was arrested a full two weeks later, only after the family's lawyer searched his first name through a public database.

"We don't know who these people are, and our kids and family members are getting in these cars," family attorney Joe Murray said. "If we don't know who they are, or how to reach them if there's a crime or an issue that happens, it's no different than hitchhiking."

Lyft's policy reads as follows, according to the company:

"We won't be able to provide any information without a valid subpoena, court order, or search warrant," except "where an emergency situation exists involving an immediate threat of death or serious bodily harm to a person."

Remember:
Both Uber and Lyft have their own set of rules about transporting unaccompanied minors. They both explicitly don't allow users under the age of 18 to setup an account or use their services without an adult present. ... “A rider must be at least 18 years of age to have an Uber account and request rides.


https://abc7ny.com/exclusive-teen-girl-speaks-out-after-lyft-drivers-lewd-act/4649119/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ridester.com/lyft-uber-minor-policy/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwjV7d3CsMbeAhXEoFMKHWc0Bj0QFjABegQICxAF&usg=AOvVaw1Tmj847cEBO4NYvPA-6k76&ampcf=1
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Re: 14-year-old speaks out after Lyft driver's lewd act in Queens
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 09:18:34 AM »
Message from Councilman
Rubin Diaz

http://www.nyctaxinews.com/diaz_11-9-18.html
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Re: 14-year-old speaks out after Lyft driver's lewd act in Queens
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2018, 09:20:11 AM »
A Lyft driver was arrested after police say he exposed himself to a teenager,  and the victim's  family is blaming the company for not doing more.

Lyft declined to help police identify a driver charged with exposing himself to a teenage girl and thereby added two weeks to their search for the driver, later named as Narinder Singh, the New York Post first reported.

The reporting of crimes like this should not have so many impediments," the victim’s lawyer said in a letter to the TLC, according to the Post. "It should not have taken 12 days to identify and arrest this perpetrator whose identity was being shielded by Lyft. Most importantly, the victim should not be made to feel that the privacy rights of the perpetrator supersede her rights as a crime victim."

Lyft spokesperson said the company reached out to police after it learned of the incident, letting them know its internal processes for these types of situations. "We won't be able to provide any information without a valid subpoena, court order, or search warrant," the company site says.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/A-Lyft-driver-was-arrested-for-allegedly-exposing-13384190.php&ved=2ahUKEwiNxtnSxtHeAhUww1kKHUs0AiYQxfQBMAB6BAgAEAQ&usg=AOvVaw1VePIOFfuWRinLiX2eQbM3&cshid=1542118780822
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Re: 14-year-old speaks out after Lyft driver's lewd act in Queens
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 07:31:12 PM »

Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft should be legally required to tell the NYPD when one of their drivers is accused of a crime against a passenger, city lawmakers are demanding.

The move would lift a veil of secrecy that legislators say compromises public safety.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) plans to introduce a new bill that would force ride-share companies to not only tell the city and cops when one of their drivers breaks the law, but also increase penalties against companies that refuse to hand over information on those drivers.

“Serious criminal allegations against For-Hire Vehicle drivers in the City should be reported to the NYPD immediately for investigation,” said Rodriguez, who helms the City Council’s transportation committee. He plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday.


Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed.

“This type of predatory behavior is abhorrent anywhere and absolutely unacceptable in the For-Hire Vehicle industry,” said Johnson. “Lyft and all ride-sharing companies have a responsibility to keep their passengers safe and cooperate with law enforcement.”

Ride-share companies currently have no legal obligation tell the cops or the Taxi and Limousine Commission if a passenger accuses one of their drivers of a crime.

The companies often ban troubled drivers from their platform, but then don’t pass the information on to anyone else. And since the companies aren’t obligated to tell, they don’t, since they know it will bring them negative publicity, say critics.

And since most TLC-licensed hacks drive for a number of apps and local neighborhood dispatch companies, they still have plenty of opportunities to work – and prey.

The issue came to light once again last week when a lawyer for a teenage Lyft passenger revealed that the girl had allegedly caught her driver masturbating – and even recorded it on video – but the company refused to turn over the hack’s name to either the cops or the girl’s family without a subpoena.

Though the company barred him from driving for Lyft, without his name the TLC couldn’t ban him, so he was free to drive for other services.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://nypost.com/2018/11/12/lawmakers-want-uber-lyft-to-id-drivers-accused-of-crimes/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwi7nafantTeAhXllOAKHezOD04QyM8BMAB6BAgGEAQ&usg=AOvVaw2Kj3cFStIhURRAxdvMNs1a&ampcf=1
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