This new ride-sharing app prohibits both male drivers and passengers

New Ride-Sharing App Will Only Pick Up Women
New Ride-Sharing App Will Only Pick Up Women

Ladies, your chariot awaits you!

Yes, just ladies -- not gentlemen.

The premise behind "Chariot for Women," a new ride-sharing app, is pretty simple: Rides for women, by women. That means only ladies -- and children of any gender under age 13 -- can request rides.

When your chariot arrives, there will be a woman behind the wheel. Every single ride, every single time.

The concept was created by Michael Pelletz, a former Uber driver himself, after an unnerving experience with one of his particularly unruly passengers made him realize how potentially dangerous Uber rides can be for women, whether they are driving or riding.

The company, which touts the slogan "driving women towards empowerment and safety," says that in order to ensure every Chariot driver meets their high standards, they will run background checks through Safer Places, a company known for some of the most stringent security checks in the industry.

This strategy flies in the face of other transportation apps like Uber, which has been sued multiple times by female passengers who claim they were sexually assaulted by their drivers.

The company has also been called out for skirting background checks by declaring their drivers as contractors, not employees.

Chariot for Women also plans to increase safety by requiring both the passenger and driver to say a previously agreed upon password before the ride begins. This way, if the driver does not know the password, a woman knows not to get in the car.

Chariot for Women is not the first women-only car service to hit the market, according to ABC News. SheTaxis, an all-female transportation service, launched in New York City in 2014.

While SheTaxis says they received an overwhelmingly positive response from customers, it had to temporarily shut down. The company could not meet demand and also faced accusations of discrimination from men looking for a ride.

And of course, critics of Chariot for Women have also been quick to point out sex discrimination.

However, their lawyers don't imagine it being too big of an issue.

There's no doubt that Chariot will face some backlash from men jealous of Chariot's 'no surge pricing' policy, but before you get mad, ask yourself this: Is the real issue the fact that men will have to continue paying Uber's insane fares, or the fact that women feel so unsafe with their current transportation options that an entire new ride-share was born out of their fear?


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