Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
Uber – a San Francisco, California-based rideshare company – has released its U.S. Safety Report for 2019 and 2020 that revealed over 500,000 prospective drivers did not pass Uber’s background check process while more than 80,000 drivers were removed from the app due to continuous background checks during those years.
“Uber continues to prioritize robust screening processes and technology to help strengthen the safety of our platform, and we’re proud to have applied innovative technology to enhance our overall screening initiatives as outlined below,” read part of the Executive Summary of the 78-page report published on June 30, 2022.
“Every US driver undergoes a thorough screening before their first trip. This includes a motor vehicle records (MVR) review and a criminal history background check. In 2019-2020, more than 500,000 prospective drivers did not make it through Uber’s screening process,” the Safety Report, the second one issued by Uber, explained.
“In addition, Uber reruns criminal and motor vehicle checks each year, regardless of whether there is a statute or regulation requiring us to do so. We use technology to continuously check new criminal records and, as of the publication of this report, more than 80,000 drivers have been removed from the app due to continuous checks.”
Uber’s U.S. Safety Report for 2019 and 2020 included information related to safety and data on the most serious safety incidents reported on its U.S. rideshare platform: motor vehicle fatalities, physical assault fatalities, and sexual assaults. The report found that 99.9 percent of Uber trips ended without any safety-related issue at all.
Uber’s first Safety Report covered 2017 and 2018. Between the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 reports, motor vehicle fatality rates remained similar, physical assault fatality rates increased by 18 percent, and sexual assault rates decreased by 38 percent. Both reports are at www.uber.com/us/en/about/reports/us-safety-report/.
In April 2018, Uber announced it would “proactively rerun criminal and motor vehicle checks each year, regardless of whether there is a legal obligation to do so.” That same month, a CNN investigation revealed that 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. were accused of sexually assaulting or abusing riders in the past four years.
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