Not our driver: inDrive distances itself from teacher’s disappearance Loop Jamaica

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Overseas-based ridesharing app, inDrive, has told Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Daryl Vaz that none of its drivers transported schoolteacher Danielle Anglin on the morning of May 13 when she went missing.

However, according to Vaz, at no point did the Jamaica Constabulary Force share the name of the suspect with the ride-share company. 

“This raises questions around how the company was able to state that, “as of now, we have confirmed that the driver was not offering his services through our platform’,” Vaz said on social media platform X on Friday afternoon.

Anglin, a St Peter Claver Primary and Infant School teacher who resided in Hellshire, St Catherine, has not been seen since she chartered a ride-hailing service on May 13.

On Monday, the police discovered remains in Salt River, Clarendon, that they believe to be those of the missing teacher.

The following day, Vaz told the nation that a 12-month ban was imposed with immediate effect on all ridesharing apps in the interest of safety and security.

He told the House of Representatives that while Uber, the other overseas-based ridesharing app, has been in constant dialogue with the Jamaican authorities, inDrive has been elusive.

There was also speculation in the public domain that Anglin had charted inDrive on the ill-fated morning.

Not so, said inDrive in its letter to Vaz requesting a meeting to discuss the developments and offer solutions.

inDrive’s letter from its representative Manuel Gandarilla, in part, said:

“We are aware of the terrible incident involving Ms Anglin and have been in close communication with the leading investigator within the Jamaica Constabulary Force…to guarantee that we provide all the support required.

“As of now, we have confirmed that the driver was not offering his services through our platform, and Ms Anglin used inDrive for the last time several days before her unfortunate disappearance.”

inDrive told Vaz that regarding the concerns that may have led to the imposition of the ban, it is requesting a meeting at the earliest convenience to discuss potential alternatives to address these concerns while allowing the ride-hailing services to continue to operate in Jamaica.

“We are committed to working collaboratively with the ministry to develop a regulatory framework that ensures the safety, efficiency and fairness of our services,” the letter added.

inDrive said it was deeply concerned about the impact the 12-month ban will have on the broader transportation ecosystem in Jamaica, particularly on the wellbeing of users and drivers that depend on the provision of these services.

Said inDrive: “We believe ride-hailing services play a crucial role in providing convenient, safe and reliable transportation options for Jamaican citizens and visitors alike.

“Our platform has been dedicated to improving mobility and accessibility while creating economic opportunities for drivers in the Jamaican community.”

In response, Vaz said on X that he noted concerns and responses raised following the letter from ⁦inDrive.

“While I am pleased that drastic measures have succeeded in bringing all stakeholders to the table, I must urge caution and clarify some matters related to their letter,” the minister said.

He went on to point out that the JCF did not share the name of the suspect with the inDrive and that it raises questions around how the company was able to confirm that the the driver was not offering his services through their platform.