Which is safer: Uber or a taxi? There’s no clear answer

Uber picture - MGN, Jan Vasek

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question that has dogged Uber and other taxi competitors: Their rides may be cheaper and more convenient than a cab, but are they as safe?

It’s not just whether Uber’s part-time drivers are better (or worse) behind the wheel. It is whether passengers are more likely to be assaulted, kidnapped or raped by an Uber driver than a cabbie.

But it’s tough to find a credible answer. Police and transportation authorities around the U.S. say they know of no rigorous comparison of cabbies and Uber drivers.

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