Truckers are outraged after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick called his company’s safety products “ridiculous” and “ridged up by the government” in an open letter.
The letter comes days after Kalanicky, a self-proclaimed conservative, said in an interview that the company has no safety measures in place.
Kalanick, who is also a former Apple CEO, called for the removal of “federal rules that prohibit Uber from providing riders with safety-critical materials, like safety belts.”
“Safety is our top priority,” Kalanicker wrote in a Monday interview with Fox Business.
“I believe in our products.
We have a lot of safety features.
They don’t make sense.”
In the interview, Kalanickers said Uber has not tested its products against any accidents, including in the United States, because of the risk of lawsuits.
The company is also under scrutiny from a group of U.S. senators who say the company is a tool of the Chinese government to control access to information and undermine the free flow of information.
Kalanicky’s open letter was published Monday in the Wall Street Journal, with the letter urging Kalanicks to reconsider his decision.
In his letter, Kalansick said the company must protect drivers from “the hazards and risks associated with driving, and I cannot support any action that would cause harm to the public safety of our drivers and passengers.”
“There are certain items that Uber is not designed to handle, but they should be considered, including seat belts and seat belts for children,” he wrote.
Uber responded to the criticism on Tuesday in a statement.
It noted that the “safety of all riders is our highest priority,” and that “the safety of the millions of people driving for Uber every day is our number one priority.
We are taking steps to ensure our safety.”
The ride-hailing company said in a Wednesday statement that its “safety team” has “worked closely with regulators to ensure the safety of its drivers and riders.”
The letter came on the heels of another controversy involving Kalanics controversial comments about Uber drivers.
Earlier this month, Kalani said in the interview that he had “never had a bad day” in his career as an Uber driver.
That comment sparked outrage and prompted the company to release a statement saying it would “refocus” on safety.
On Tuesday, the company’s parent company, Uber Technologies, said it was “deeply disappointed” with Kalanic’s comments.
‘Ridiculous’ and ‘ridged-up by the federal government’The letter also said Kalanicking had “no idea” how the company had been able to receive so many complaints.
Instead, it said, Kalanos comments were “an example of the arrogance, ignorance, and dishonesty of those who control the federal regulatory process.”
Kalinick said in his interview with CNBC that Uber drivers should be “treated like any driver who works for a major transportation company.”
“We have an incredible team of drivers,” Kalanos said.
“They do an amazing job.
We want to help them.
They are not bureaucrats.”