Uber drivers say US$130 can buy clean past as rape riles India

Bribery flaw exposed in Uber's requirement for drivers in India to submit character certificate endorsed by police

New Delhi

HOW much does it cost to buy a clean background check in India's capital? Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc say the equivalent of US$130.

Uber, one of the most highly valued US technology startups, requires drivers in India to submit a character certificate endorsed by police. This can be obtained for a bribe regardless of qualifications, according to three drivers for the company. Police deny this.

The Dec 6 rape of a 26-year-old office worker in a well-to-do section of New Delhi has sparked a national debate on how to regulate taxis, long considered one of India's safer options for getting around. Delhi banned Uber from operating and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has called...


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