Earlier this week, businessman Ryan Simonetti had a very unpleasant ride in an Uber. In an attempt to avoid a fine, the driver of his hired car kidnapped Simonetti and his two colleagues, taking them across state lines as a taxi inspector tracked behind him. Since the incident, Uber has fired the driver, but the situation has called into question Uber's vetting process for their drivers.
As Simonetti and his two coworkers approached the car they had ordered from UberBLACK, they noticed a D.C. taxi inspector speaking to their driver. It seemed the inspector requested some documents, and after the Uber driver handed them over, he took off with the passengers instead of waiting for the inspector to check the paperwork. After the Uber driver sped away, the inspector turned on his police lights and began trailing them.
Simonetti asked the driver what was going on, and if the inspector was a police officer, to which the Uber driver replied, "Oh no, he’s not a real cop. I’m sorry, we’re going to have to run this red light." The driver was going "well above the speed limit," and the passengers were asking him to slow down just enough so they could safely jump out of the vehicle. Instead, the driver continued through traffic, narrowly missing other vehicles.