Technology Senator urges Uber and Lyft to run fingerprint background checks
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The rideshare company has added another safety feature.
A senator has called onand to share details with each other about contractors they've banned to clamp down on dangerous drivers who've been kicked off one platform signing up to the other. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has also urged them to conduct fingerprint background checks on drivers.
"They have a real responsibility for taking every possible step to do background checks that are reliable and comprehensive," heHe said both companies had "ambiguous" responses to questions he sent them about ridesharing safety measures. He sought more details following reports about Uber's investigations team allegedly to prioritize the company's business concerns, including a ban on sharing details about potentially dangerous drivers with Lyft.
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"If they ban a driver right now, they have no protocol or procedure for sharing that information with each other," he said. "I think that's just central to safety, and yet they have no protocol."
Blumenthal plans to meet with Uber and Lyft, and wants Congress to hold hearings about safety in the ridesharing industry. Both companies use their own background check programs and ones from a company called. They've recently rolled out other safety-focused features, including in their apps, along with more checks on current drivers. But unless current background checks flag something particularly concerning, a driver who's been kicked off Uber or Lyft's platform may be able to sign up to the other one relatively easily.
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The ride-hailing company faces California's gig worker bill and a slew of lawsuits over alleged sexual assault by its drivers. That doesn't appear to affect its performance on Wall Street.The short of the story is that Lyft beat analysts' expectations. The company posted a slightly less-than-expected loss of $1.57 per share on Wednesday for the three-month period that ended September 30. That's better than the estimated average of $1.66 loss per share that analysts surveyed by Yahoo had forecast.
The companiesthat fingerprinting might result in bias against people of color who may be more likely to be arrested but not convicted per se. New York City requires them to use fingerprint checks. Texas residents , but both companies until a year later.
Uber and Lyft haveand lawsuits over their responses to alleged and harassment, as well as . Meanwhile, to make it more stringent may actually result in it being harder for the company to ban bad drivers while reinstating ones it previously banned.
Uber's last-minute effort to stop gig worker law is latest of many tries .
The ride-hailing company takes a new approach with an 11th hour lawsuit aimed at California's AB 5. The law reclassifies some gig workers as employees. As such, these workers would be entitled to basic labor rights, such as minimum wage guarantees, overtime pay, health benefits and other protections. Under the law, all companies using independent contractors in California will be put to a three-part test to determine whether they must reclassify their workers. Uber chief executives will continue to become billionaires while too many of their drivers are forced to sleep in their cars.
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Statewide regulation will require background checks but not fingerprints.
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