If you thought chariots for women were just in fairytales, you can think again.
As the worrying increase in sexual assault claims made by women to popular taxi service Uber grows louder, a new Boston-based startup has decided to launch a car service made just for ladies.
Yep, in an attempt to improve women’s safety, the new female-only Uber-like service called Chariot for Women will only accept women or children under 13 as passengers. Sorry fellas!
Talking to ABC News, former Uber driver and founder of the new car service Michael Pelletz said: “Having thousands of passengers in my backseat, I heard stories about unsafe travel and Uber drivers hitting on women and just a lot of unsafe issues.”
In an effort to protect passengers, Chariot for Women will only hire women drivers who will have their fingerprints taken and undergo intense background checks – women sitting in the driver’s seat will also have to answer a security question to confirm their identity on a daily basis.
The company’s website states: “As a women-owned company, Chariot for Women would use the safest practices to give the most secure and fun rideshare experience in the industry, driven by women, for women. Drivers are thoroughly background checked before they can ever accept one passenger request.”
More than 1,000 women have already signed up as drivers and the new taxi app for ladies launches in the US on April 19.