Have you ever cringed at the idea of taking a shared ride with a male driver or with a single male passenger in it? Thought so!
Taking this thought into consideration, Former Uber driver Michael Pelletz and his wife Kelly Pelletz have come up with a brilliant women only ride share service- Chariot for Women.
It was launched in Boston on April 19th, 2016 and there are plans for expansion to serve other cities soon.
Sorry guys, no employment or service for you here. This start up recruits only women drivers with a thorough background check. Besides women, riders include trans-women and children under age of 13. Chariot for Women wants to make sure everybody in the cab is in a safe environment no matter what time of the day it is.
Adding to the security of this ride share service, there is a “code word” that both the driver and the rider receives and can be verified before the customer steps into the cab.
Apart from providing a safe service to women, the company claims to donate 2% of the fare to women centered charities, says President of the company Kelly Pelletz.
Is there really a need for a women specific service? Given the complaints associated with other taxi services these days, the answer apparently is a screaming Yes!
I love the idea, I love the app. But like any other innovative start-up, Chariot for Women is likely to face its share of legal challenges. Especially when it is openly advertised as a gender- specific service.
However this doesn’t worry Pelletz. In an interview he says, he is ready to go through any legal difficulties and even to Supreme Court if need be.
My Take On this Controversial Initiative
I am sure you will agree when I say, law should not be a problem here. The company believes that ‘this is just a beginning of a revolution in the ride share industry’ I could not agree more.
Chariot for Women is an innovative commercial business that brings us to a safer society. How many other businesses can you say this about?
If I had to take a cab, I would definitely opt for the Chariot and sit back relaxed rather than sitting at the edge of my seat praying to get back home safely and secured.
What do you think? Would you take up this women only service? Or do you think it is indeed a gender biased initiative? Let Sheables know with your comments in the section below.