A June 2018 CNN investigation alleges, “[r]ideshare companies Uber and Lyft have approved thousands of people who should have been disqualified because of criminal records.”
The rideshare apps’ driver screening processes have been under scrutiny since an April 2018 CNN investigation, revealed there are “at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.”
Despite these disturbing allegations, most states have allowed Uber and Lyft to continue to operate with little or no regulation. CNN reports, “Of the 43 states that have passed laws or rules regulating rideshare driver background checks and eligibility, none require fingerprint-based checks, CNN found. In 31 states, the laws largely mirror Uber’s recommended screening policies, in some cases nearly word-for-word.”
Victims of Rideshare Assault: Know Your Rights
By law, all patrons of taxi, limo and ridesharing services have a right to feel safe and secure while in the vehicle. Assaults and rapes at the hands of transportation service drivers have become all too frequent and raise grave questions about employee screenings and criminal background checks.
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