There are many reasons not to behave like a jerk in an Uber. For one, being a courteous rider is the decent thing to do as a civilized member of society, but let's be real, it's mostly to ensure you lock in that sweet, sweet five star rating. Achieving it is tantamount to nobility these days. Just in case you needed another more official reason not to act the fool in the backseat, though, now you have it. Uber just announced that it will begin deactivating users with particularly low ratings.
Uber drivers have always been hyper-concerned with keeping their rating high, since they can reportedly be booted from the service for dipping below 4.6 stars, but now passengers will also need to keep up appearances for much the same reason. The new initiative to kick poorly rated passengers off the app was announced on the company's official blog on Tuesday, highlighting a renewed commitment to "safety and respect for all" when it comes to both passengers and drivers.
The company didn't release any details regarding how high a user must be rated to remain on the app, but did clarify that it will vary from city to city and only affect those who "develop a significantly below average rating."
"Respect is a two-way street, and so is accountability," reads the blog post, which was written by Uber's Head of Safety Brand and Initiatives. "Drivers have long been expected to meet a minimum rating threshold which can vary city to city. While we expect only a small number of riders to ultimately be impacted by ratings-based deactivations, it’s the right thing to do."