Researchers have found that ride-hailing trips increase the number of crashes at pick-up and drop-off locations. 

Reported by Intelligent Transport, ride-hailing trips, such as those offered through Uber and Lyft, increase the number of crashes for motorists and pedestrians at pick-up and drop-off locations, according to a new study from researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. 

Although the research was undertaken in the US, the findings is equally relevant to the UK market that has seen significance growth in the ride-hailing market. 

Intelligent Transport further wrote: 

“The team from Columbia Mailman School, along with collaborators from Oxford University in the U.K., used data for 372 million ride-hail trips in New York City for 2017 and 2018. They identified areas of the city where a motor vehicle crash occurred, and then calculated the number of ride-hailing trips that originated nearby at the time of the crash and compared this to the number of ride-hailing trips that originated in the same location one week before the crash and one week afterwards. They performed this same procedure for taxis, and separated crashes according to the people who were injured–motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. 


“The results reportedly demonstrated that increases in ride-hailing were linked to the rise in crashes in which motorists and pedestrians were injured. They did not find any link for cyclists crashes or for taxi trips.” 

Within the UK context, these will of course also include the private hire sector.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.

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