National Limousine Association Renews Call for Better Background Checks of Drivers for TNCs Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Limousine Association (NLA) is renewing its call for legislation mandating fingerprint-based background checks and universal drug screening for transportation network company (TNC) drivers following the responses of Uber and Lyft to a public service announcement (PSA) called “The Signs” that draws attention to sexual assaults that …

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Uber Fined $8.9 Million by Colorado Public Utilities Commission Over Driver Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 20, 2017, criminal investigators with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a Civil Penalty Assessment Notice (CPAN) totaling $8.9 for Transportation Network Company (TNC) Uber Technologies, Inc. “for allowing individuals with disqualifying criminal or motor vehicle offenses, or without valid licenses, to drive for the company,” …

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Hundreds of Uber and Lyft Drivers Win License Appeals after Failing Mandated Background Checks in Massachusetts

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Of the 1,400 drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who felt unfairly rejected after failing mandated background checks in Massachusetts and decided to appeal the license ban, 444 have successfully overturned the decision, according to a report on Boston.com.

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More than Ten Percent of Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Checks in Massachusetts

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Figures released by Massachusetts officials show more than ten percent of drivers failed comprehensive background checks required under a state law for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with 8,200 drivers failing and more than 62,000 drivers passing the checks, according to an article on Boston.com.

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New Jersey Law Will Require Uber and Lyft Drivers to Undergo Driving and Criminal Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law new legislation – the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” (A3695) – that will license and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and require them to meet insurance coverage standards and conduct driving …

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Court Rules DOT Screening Program Does Not Violate Privacy of Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal appeals court has ruled the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) did not violate the privacy of truck drivers by providing information about their non-serious safety violations to prospective employers, a decision that leaves intact the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) established by the DOT’s Federal …

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New California Law Requires Stricter Background Checks on Transportation Network Company Drivers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will take effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill (AB 1289) – and require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to conduct stricter background checks on their drivers or else face a fine up to …

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Background Checks of Ride Sharing Service Drivers Questioned

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The arrest of a ride sharing service driver in San Francisco who allegedly attacked a passenger with a hammer and seriously injured him calls into question the background checks of drivers for ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, according to a report by KPIX …

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TSA Expands Background Screening of Airplane Passengers to Include Employment Information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand the background screening of U.S. airplane passengers long before they arrive at the airport for their flights by searching government and private databases that may include a wide variety of records such as employment information, according to a New York Times report available online at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/business/security-check-now-starts-long-before-you-fly.html.

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Police Officer Files 10 Million Dollar Lawsuit against Taxi Cab Company for Alleged Negligent Hiring

A Police Officer in Alexandria, Virginia has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit alleging that a taxi cab company was negligent in the hiring and supervision of its drivers after one driver was accused of shooting the police officer in the head, according to a report from the Old Town Alexandria Patch.

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