Rideshare Firms Settle with Chicago for $10.4 Million for Allegedly Performing Background Checks Not Consistent with City Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 16, 2018, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City of Chicago was preventing neighborhood violence by investing $10.4 million in youth mentoring programs coming from legal settlements with Uber, Lyft, and Via over allegations they performed background checks that were not consistent with standards set by …

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Bill Strengthening Background Checks for Ride-Sharing Drivers in Illinois Becomes Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bill that strengthens background checks on ride-share drivers by requiring all individuals applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service operating in Illinois to provide their full legal name, social security number (SSN), and date of birth for the background check process became law on …

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Suspected Rideshare Rapist Who Drove for Lyft as Undocumented Immigrant Shows Need for Thorough Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A suspected “Rideshare Rapist” arrested for allegedly raping four women while posing as a rideshare driver after he fraudulently represented himself to pass a background check to drive for ridesharing company Lyft even though he was an undocumented immigrant shows the need for a thorough background check …

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Uber Begins Performing Continuous Background Checks on Drivers in U.S.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Transportation network company (TNC) Uber is performing continuous background checks on some of its drivers in the United States in an effort to improve safety for its riders after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers were accused of sexual assault in the past four …

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Investigation Finds Thousands of Drivers with Criminal Records Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Criminal background checks performed by transportation network companies (TNCs) Uber and Lyft “have approved thousands of people who should have been disqualified because of criminal records,” according to an examination of state agencies and lawsuits by CNN (Cable News Network).

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Congress Members Send Letter to CEOs of Transportation Network Companies Asking about Safety Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2018, nine members of Congress sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Via inquiring about the practices transportation network companies (TNCs) employ for ensuring passenger safety after a CNN investigation found 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft …

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CNN Investigation Finds More than 100 Uber Drivers Accused of Sexual Assault or Abuse in Past Four Years

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn At least 103 drivers working for transportation network company (TNC) Uber in the United States “have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years” and as many as “31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment …

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Uber Strengthens Background Checks on Drivers to Show Company is Serious about Safety

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, transportation network company (TNC) Uber announced it would increase due diligence to strengthen the background checks conducted on its drivers to ensure they “continue to meet our standards on an ongoing basis,” according to a blog posted on the Uber website.

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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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Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Will Face More Scrutiny Over Background Checks in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states in the U.S. have passed laws that seek to strengthen the background checks of drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to ensure the safety and security of passengers who use these popular ride-hailing applications. The growing scrutiny over the strength of …

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