Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post.

The Washington Post reports that “Maryland rejected 3,503 out of 24,608 applications evaluated since April 3” – approximately 14.2 percent – and that the “rejections included 460 applicants with disqualifying criminal histories and 900 who were flagged because of issues with their driving records.”

The Washington Post also reports that Maryland – which does not conduct its own separate background checks of drivers but reviews completed job applications for Uber and Lyft – has rejected roughly 6.6 percent of the applications received since the ride-hail rules were established in December of 2015.

The PSC said the rejected applicants had been driving for Uber in “more than 95 percent of cases.” An Uber spokesman said in a statement that “some ride-share driver applicants are being blocked under an outdated criteria while the new rules are being finalized,” The Washington Post reports.

Maryland is not the only state to reject drivers from Uber and Lyft. In April 2017, ESR News reported that more than ten percent of drivers for Uber and Lyft failed comprehensive background checks required under a Massachusetts state law. However, hundreds of those drivers later won license appeals.

ESR News also reported that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal that would require companies like Uber and Lyft drivers to perform background checks on their drivers using screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

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