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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 $5,000 for each violation of the law. Continue reading

Background Checks of Ride Sharing Service Drivers Questioned

ESR News Blogs about Background Checks

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 5 CBS San Francisco, California. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Law Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers Called For Following NTSB Report on Fatal NY Crash

New York State Transportation Committee Chairman Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has called on the New York State Assembly to pass legislation (S5171B) that would require criminal background checks for bus drivers following a new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that examined a tragic March 12, 2011 bus crash in Bronx, NY which killed 15 people and recommended more comprehensive driver history checks of bus drivers, according to a press release posted by Fuschillo on his official website. A synopsis of the NTSB report, including a complete list of the safety recommendations, is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/new_york_ny/index.html. Continue reading

New York State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for All Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate has passed a bill – S5171B – sponsored by State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) that would require all bus drivers to submit to criminal background checks in order to improve safety for bus passengers following several bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with histories of criminal driving convictions. The legislation has been sent to the Assembly for consideration. Continue reading

Family of Woman Killed by Bus Sues Company for Negligent Hiring of Driver with History of Traffic Violations

The family of a 26-year-old Illinois woman struck and killed by a tour bus as she crossed a street has filed a lawsuit in Cook County court claiming that the owners of the bus were negligent in hiring and retaining a bus driver who was a convicted felon with 20 citations for traffic violations and whose Commercial Drivers License was temporarily suspended in 2008, according to a report on the Chicago Sun-Times media wire. Continue reading

Background Check of Bus Driver with Criminal Past under Scrutiny after Fatal Crash in New York

The Governor of New York has ordered an investigation into a horrific bus crash that left 15 passengers dead, citing the “criminal record and driving history” of the bus driver after it was revealed that he had served prison time for manslaughter and forgery and had his driving privileges suspended after ignoring tickets for speeding and driving without a license, according to a report from CNN. The story also raised questions about what background check, if any, was conducted on the driver before he was hired. Continue reading