Taking on rideshare giants like Uber and Lyft is no small feat, but Shebah rideshare is hoping to be a direct competitor in the rideshare market with a twist. The service will focus on providing safe commute for women through an all-female network of drivers. The initiative is to help women feel safer and also eliminate concerns they might have about being by men. Uber and other rideshare companies have faced a lot of backlash and lawsuits stemming from driver misconduct and sexual harassment.
A number of rape and assault cases have been brought against various Uber drivers around the world. An Indian Uber driver was arrested for raping a female passenger in December, of 2014. In 2017, an Uber passenger in Virginia was abducted and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after he picked her up. Lyft has also come under attack after one of its drivers in Mandan allegedly assaulted a passenger sexually in August, 2018.
To say there is a need for a rideshare service that gives women a sense of security is an understatement. Shebah rideshare is hoping that its service will give women more transport options to choose from.
More about Shebah Rideshare
Shebah, Australia’s first female only rideshare service was founded by George McEnroe in March 2017. The service was founded in Melbourne and has since grown nationally to include the following states: Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and Perth. It now boasts over 400 drivers with over 12,000 downloads and growing. Shebah caters to all women and unaccompanied children. Boys from 18years and below are allowed to use the service.
Drive for Shebah Rideshare
In addition to providing safe commute for women, Shebah wishes to empower women financially. All Shebah drivers are females who will take home 85% of their earnings. Driving for Shebah is flexible with a great perk: you don’t have to worry about safety when you drive.
Basic Driver Requirements
- You’re at least 21 years old.
- You have an iOS or Android phone.
- You can comfortably and confidently speak English.
- You agree to follow our vulnerable passenger guidelines.
- You’ve held an unrestricted Australian driver’s license for at least 12 months.
- You have access to a car in excellent condition, with a minimum of four doors.
- You have an ABN and are registered for GST.
Depending on your state, you may need to meet more requirements.
To use Shebah:
- Download the app on App store or Play store
- Register your account and enter payment details. (All payments are electronic)
- Set location and pick up request
- You will be notified when your ride is arriving
Fares are city-specific. Riders are asked to pay a $2 booking fee for advance bookings.
Passenger fares are calculated thus: base rate + (cost per minute × time in ride) + (cost per km × ride distance).
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