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

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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,” according to a news release from the Colorado PUC. Continue reading

Uber Faces Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Assaults by Drivers Due to Allegedly Inadequate Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies, Inc. – a leading global Transportation Network Company (TNC) – faces a class action lawsuit from two anonymous women who claim that as passengers they were sexually assaulted by two Uber drivers due in part to the TNC allegedly “using low cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers.” Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Strengthens Background Checks of Drivers for Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 9, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) strengthened the background checks required for drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft by requiring TNCs to use companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) when conducting background checks on drivers, according to a CPUC press release. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

CPUC Proposal Requires Ride-Sharing Companies in California to Use NAPBS Accredited Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal to strengthen the criminal background checks for transportation network company (TNC) drivers that would require background check companies that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft use to screen their drivers to be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Uber Settles FTC Allegations Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive privacy and data security claims that the ride-sharing company “deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.” Continue reading

Uber Sued by Woman Who Claims She was Assaulted by Uber Driver with Criminal Past

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A female student enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university in Kansas City, Missouri referred to as “Jane Doe” is suing Uber Technologies, Inc. and an Uber driver previously convicted of felony attempted first-degree murder that she claims sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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 and criminal background checks on drivers. The law takes effect on May 1, 2017. Continue reading