Chariot- the taxi hailing service dedicated for women based in Massachusetts. The founder of this company is Michael Pelletz a former uber driver who worked for the company around 8 months. He came up with this idea after he handled a customer with drug overdose. He feels that the industry has overlooked the safety of women. Uber and Lyft policies have been facing severe heat for lack of stringent security norms. In chariot all the drivers are female and only female passengers will be taken up or boys under the age of 13. Any male accompanying above the age of 13 will be denied a ride.Chariot is also said to have stringent background checks and fingerprint based verification. At present 1000 women have signed up and the service was launched nationwide on April 19th.
There were several cases between the passengers and drivers in Boston which had forced authorities to regulate laws in regard to ride sharing companies and has been stern in imposing finger print based verification for Lyft and uber. Uber has around 29 percent of female drivers and 30 percent of lyft drivers are female. Both the companies are planning to increase their share of female drivers.However there is a possibility that chariot might face legal problems. The law does not allow denial of job for a potential person based on their gender. The service has caught female passengers’ attention some of them stated that though they have never faced issues with uber Chariot is one step safer than Uber.