Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

TechCrunch

Ride-sharing companies are not strangers to Congressional inquiries. This week a group of Congressional Democrats hit the CEOs of Uber, Sidecar and Lyft with another letter, this time demanding the companies conduct more comprehensive background checks on their drivers to better protect customers from sexual assaults.

Although these companies conduct internal screenings, the cohort of lawmakers do not believe they go far enough. The representatives called on the companies to adopt fingerprint-based background checks for drivers, both new and existing. The representatives believe a change to the policy is needed following the alleged string of sexual assaults by ride-share drivers in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Representatives from Uber, Lyft and Sidecar all countered that their companies’ screening processes were actually more safe than those of existing transportation options.

“Safety improvements are one of the main reasons that consumers are choosing Lyft. In addition to using independent experts…

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