Sorry Men! This car service will pick up only women and children

Chariot for Women, an Uber-like service, set to launch this month. A new Boston-area startup hopes to be a new on-demand ride service that will only offer rides to women, and children of any gender under 13. 

Chariot for Women, which was founded by a husband-and-wife team from Charlton, Massachusetts, is set to launch nationwide on April 19. Its pricing will be much more similar to traditional taxi fares, with a base charge and a per mile rate—and with no surge pricing.

The company says that it is focusing on safety and will only employ female drivers, who will have background checks run by Safer Places. All prospective drivers must also pass Massachusetts’ Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), according to TechCrunch.

Driven by women. Exclusively for women.

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The Story of behind Chariot for Women.

In September of 2013, Michael Pelletz’s world changed. His father and employer, who ran the family business for 35 years, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He would survive; the business would not. 

With options dwindling, Michael decided to drive for Uber part-time for a little extra money. To his surprise, he loved the gig; his wife thought about driving also, but she said she was too nervous and scared to do it. This point stuck with Michael for the next year.

In January of 2016, Michael was finally pushed out and let go from his day job.  With a wife, two children and a beautiful step-daughter, Michael had to find income fast. Thus, he drove for Uber 17 hours a day. 

On February 9th 2016, Chariot for Women was born.

It happened in one terrifying night, after a year of picking up and dropping off over 850 passengers, Michael had his first unsafe ride. A 20-something man stumbled into Michael’s backseat, incoherently babbling behind his rolled-back eyes. Something about grandmother’s house—it was clear he had no idea where, or perhaps even who, he was. He would pass out, wake up, squirm violently and reach repeatedly into his pocket before passing out again. With few options left, a horrified Michael spotted a nearby police officer, pulled over the car and ran out for help. 

One thought kept coming up in his head: “What if I was a woman?” he thought, “How would a woman handle that situation, especially when I was so nervous myself?” Then the words his wife said a year ago, that she wanted to drive but was too afraid, repeated in his thoughts. 

Michael knew he had to come up with a better way to keep people safe. Especially women passengers and drivers. 

The Big Idea

It took only ten minutes for Michael to come up with an entire business plan for a brand new rideshare company; driven by women, for women and children passengers only. This was the untapped market that Uber and Lyft neglected. He replayed all the conversations of unsafe rides that women passengers had with taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers throughout the last year. 

How many times did he pick up college girls at 2 or 3 a.m.? How many times did he watch as they spilled out of Boston clubs and into the wrong rideshare car? Michael has two daughters, and the thought of them doing this was like a knife to the chest. Just one bad apple behind the wheel, and those women would not be safe at all. 3 a.m. in Boston is a candy store for predators. Michael’s fatherly instinct kicked in, and he started writing all of these scary incidents down to figure out how to solve these issues. 

Within 30 minutes of these thoughts. Michael was already on the phone, and after explaining the idea, he had his first partner. 

The Plan

The plan was perfect: As a women-owned company, Chariot for Women would use the safest practices to give the most secure and fun rideshare experience in the industry, driven by women, for women. Drivers are thoroughly background checked before they can ever accept one passenger request. 

The app is built for safety. Every time the driver starts her day, she has to answer a random security question that changes daily to ensure her identity. When the passenger requests a ride, a safe word pops up on the driver and passenger’s phone. If the driver says the correct word, the ride may begin. If the driver doesn’t have the same safe word, the passenger then knows immediately not to get into that Chariot, and will then look for the correct vehicle.

The passenger will also see a picture of their driver, car make and license plate number every time they are picked up by a Chariot for Women driver. The app has adapted the model of real-time GPS tracing and maps, so the they will know exactly when their Chariot will arrive, rather than standing on a corner waiting for a taxi.

Safety is THE priority. As needed, more features will be added. 

Michael has told every single man, woman and child that has been in the back of his Uber, and the responses have been absolutely astounding. At least three or four times a day, teary-eyed thanks are given for truly understanding what fears are in the minds of women, and helping to solve those them. 

Giving Back

Michael and his wife, Kelly, have been very fortunate in life to be involved with many foundations and charities. Kelly is also the President of Chariot for Women, and her greatest joy in life is to help other people. She implemented a plan that 2% of every single fare, 24 hours a day, will be donated to women-based charities. This means more money to foundations that are trying to cure diseases, stop violence and abuse, help empower women and more. 

Every month, there will be a list of 10 local and national charities, chosen by our customers through the app. While the passenger is in the car, a popup will come up with these 10 charities and they can immediately choose where their 2% goes. As soon as they hit the button, the charity will immediately get the money deposited in their bank accounts. With the help of more drivers and passengers, women across the globe will benefit from a simple ride across town. 

The Drivers

​Michael has talked to thousands of women over the years who would absolutely love to drive for Uber; they all say the same thing. If they ever did drive, they would 100% never drive at night. From Michael’s research, most women rideshare drivers only drive during the day.  Chariot for Women allows women to make some extra income and drive as little or as much as they like, 24 hours day, knowing they are in a safe environment picking up women and children only. Being an Uber driver, Michael knows exactly the positive and negative sides of Uber’s pay structure.  Source: Chariot for Women Website

Sonali Anand

Sonali Anand

She is a propagator and patron of women empowerment and self-dependency. Through her writings, she wants to infuse confidence in this section of society so that they can emerge strong. Hence, she quit her job to start blogging as her full-time engagement. She provides counselling to women to start their career in different fields which vary from management to home science.

She is an MBA in Finance.
Sonali Anand

Sonali Anand

She is a propagator and patron of women empowerment and self-dependency. Through her writings, she wants to infuse confidence in this section of society so that they can emerge strong. Hence, she quit her job to start blogging as her full-time engagement. She provides counselling to women to start their career in different fields which vary from management to home science.She is an MBA in Finance.

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