Senator urges Uber and Lyft to run fingerprint background checks

Updated: Feb 2

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has urged both Uber and Lyft to conduct fingerprint background checks on drivers. He has also called on them to share details with each other about drivers they've banned to help eliminate drivers kicked off one platform from signing up with the other.

Blumenthal Plans to meet with representatives of both companies privately. Both of whom where no shows for House Transportation subcommittee hearing aimed to exam safety and labor practices.

Both companies who have faced lawsuits on safety. Have currently rolled out numerous safety features such as a Panic Button for riders. However, Uber has doubled down on safety with its new features such as made allowed riders to text 911 instead of call them, also riders are able to record their driver if they should feel unsafe, and Verify Your Ride.

See right now if a driver should get deactivated from a platform there is currently nothing stopping them from signing up to another one.

But, What about the drivers? See everyone is so focused on the riders they seem to have forgotten about the safety of the drivers. Don't get us wrong yes rider safety is important. However, drivers are at more risk then riders are for drivers will deal with more riders than a rider will drivers in one day. Also, drivers undergo background checks, riders do not and most riders don't even use their real name on there profile. Plus it's easier for riders to resign up then it is for drivers. So why is it they can't look at protecting both better instead of just one side.



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