Uber has pulled out of the city of South Beach, Indiana, where the ride-sharing company has operated for the past five years, citing “concerns about public safety.”
The company announced on Twitter Tuesday that the decision was based on safety concerns.
“We are saddened to announce that Uber is no longer operating in South Bend,” the tweet said.
The announcement was followed by a photo of an Uber driver, apparently in the midst of a traffic stop, holding a sign that read, “Safety is our number one priority.”
The announcement came on the same day Uber removed all of its local escort services in the city.
“It is with great regret that Uber has decided to end our local escort program in South Beach,” the company said in a statement.
“Safety for all of our riders is a top priority.
Uber is working closely with local law enforcement to find a solution to the ongoing safety concerns in South Boston.”
Uber was not immediately available for comment.
Earlier Tuesday, the company announced it had suspended operations in South Bayside, where Uber is headquartered.
The city of about 1,600 people has been under federal investigation for failing to comply with federal regulations that require taxis to be equipped with seat belts and seat-backing systems.
The company has faced lawsuits from drivers who say they have been harassed and have had to be arrested for not complying.
Uber said it will continue to operate in the state.
In South Beach the company has a small fleet of drivers who are licensed to operate, but the company did not provide any details about how many of its drivers were currently working in South Bethel.
Uber did not respond to a request for comment from Recode.
The San Francisco-based company operates in more than 40 cities in the United States and has more than 11,000 employees.