Things You Need To Know About Chariot, The Women-Only Ride-Sharing Service
The dominance of Uber, Lyft, and similar ridesharing companies has made the struggle to find a taxi cab a thing of the past. But given the stories we’ve heard in the news in recent months and years regarding Uber and Lyft drivers who have assaulted or attacked passengers, women, in particular, it’s easy to see why safety is a concern for rideshare users. That is exactly the reason Michael Pelletz, a former Uber driver, has conceived Chariot for Women, a woman, and children-only car service. Pelletz had a scary encounter with an incoherent male passenger. He was not harmed, but the incident made him wonder how he would have felt or reacted if he were a woman. Now Pelletz and his wife are founder and president of a company that is gaining lots of traction in the media. While some sites have questioned the legality of women-only ride-sharing companies and are unsure of how it will service non-gender-conforming passengers, others praise this new venture. But you can decide for yourself whether or not Chariot is for you.
Chariot for Women was initially slated to launch in Boston on April 19 but thanks to the overwhelming response they received from prospective drivers and passengers, they have decided to implement a broad launch in a few months time. No official date for that has been announced.
All women who apply to drive for Chariot for Women must pass a rigorous background check screened by Safer Places, Inc. The company is also working with lawmakers to include fingerprint scanning in their background checks.
All Chariot for Women drivers have to answer a random security question on a daily basis, constructed to ensure her identity. Passengers also receive a safe word once they request a ride. The driver receives the same safe word, which she reveals to the passenger(s) before commencing the trip. Passengers also receive a photo of their driver, along with the make of their car and license plate number.
With safety and security in mind, Chariot for Women speaks to the “untapped market that Uber and Lyft neglected.” Only women and children can utilize this rideshare service.
Two percent of every Chariot for Women fare is donated to local and national women-based charities. These charities are chosen by customers and can be accessed via the Chariot app.
According to Chariot for Women’s website, drivers in major cities will earn $25 and up per hour. That is hands down the best compensation in the ridesharing industry, which could result in decreased driver fatigue and the reduction of driver-related accidents.
Like Uber, Chariot for Women also has a referral program. The website promises that referral perks include more than free rides.
Chariot for Women was founded by a husband and wife team. Kelly Pelletz serves as President of the company and is the brainchild behind Chariot’s two percent donation to women’s charities, based off of every fare. Founder Michael Pelletz is a former Uber driver who conceived Chariot based on the stories he heard from women passengers who expressed that they had felt unsafe at one point or another while using a rideshare service.
Uber is known to increase its rates when there’s high demand in an area, but surge pricing is currently non-existent for Chariot for Women.
According to their Facebook page, Chariot for Women is undergoing a name change. The company hosted a naming contest and chose their new and soon-to-be-announced moniker based on submissions.