Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A driver for Uber has been arrested by police in Florida and charged with the attempted sexual battery of a helpless female passenger who had hailed him for a ride in March of 2019, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, according to …Continue reading "Uber Driver with Past Criminal Record Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Helpless Female Passenger"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 15, 2019, Lyft Inc. – a popular transportation network company (TNC) serving more than 600 U.S. cities – announced in a post on the Lyft blog two new features to enhance the safety and security of the TNC’s platform: continuous background checks and enhanced identity verification of …Continue reading "Lyft Announces Adoption of Continuous Background Checks for Drivers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Uber driver background checks are under scrutiny after a “terrifying ride” experienced by a North Carolina woman in December 2018 where her Uber driver was arrested mid-ride by Police and charged with impersonating an officer, according to a report from WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC.Continue reading "Uber Driver Background Checks Under Scrutiny After Driver Arrested by Police in Middle of Ride"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Philadelphia resident who was fired from his job as a driver for Uber because of a criminal record from the 1980s that was found on a background check has filed a federal lawsuit that claims the transportation network company discriminated against him, according to a report …Continue reading "Former Uber Driver Fired for Decades Old Criminal Record Files Federal Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination"
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 …Continue reading "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 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 …Continue reading "Bill Strengthening Background Checks for Ride-Sharing Drivers in Illinois Becomes Law"
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 …Continue reading "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 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).Continue reading "Investigation Finds Thousands of Drivers with Criminal Records Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks"
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 …Continue reading "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 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.Continue reading "Uber Strengthens Background Checks on Drivers to Show Company is Serious about Safety"