SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — California ridesharing corporations are dealing with stricter background checks in 2017.
Last yr, the San Francisco and Los Angeles district lawyer’s workplaces did checks on some Uber drivers and located greater than 20 who had been convicted of great felonies.
Now a brand new regulation permits rideshare corporations to see extra of a driver’s legal historical past, and maintain corporations like Uber and Lyft accountable for what they discover.
This began after the nicely-publicized assaults by Uber drivers.
Uber rider Kris Brix says she has been sexually assaulted twice by Uber drivers.
“I don’t feel safe alone at night with Uber drivers,” Brix stated. “These people are not being vetted properly.”
California regulation permits employers to take a look at the earlier seven years as a part of a background verify, however on Jan 1, 2017 a brand new regulation will permit ridesharing corporations to broaden the background examine to an driver’s complete life.
Lyft and Uber didn’t oppose the brand new regulation.
Uber spokesman Will Gonzalez advised the California State Assembly, “We are currently limited in state law to our background check to the seven year lookback. So we have had these instances where someone with a serious offense further back were on the platform, so with this bill we can look back for a lifetime.”
The new regulation imposes a superb of $1,000 to $5,000 for every time a rideshare firm is caught with a driver who’s on a public intercourse offender database or who has ever been convicted of a violent felony or terrorism.
The corporations can also’t use drivers with sure misdemeanor convictions up to now seven years together with: assault or battery, home violence, driving underneath the affect, bribery or extortion.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the regulation goes to far.
ACLU spokeswoman Maya Ingram advised the California State Assembly, ” previous convictions can seem on these data, for which individuals have lengthy served their time and been rehabilitated. It is necessary that we proceed to offer re-entry alternatives for individuals following a conviction.”
Assemblyman Jim Cooper, who wrote the invoice, says being a driver is totally different from different jobs.
“It’s individuals at their most vulnerable, especially a lot of women out there,” Cooper stated, noting that some individuals are even utilizing Uber to shuttle their youngsters round.
Taxi drivers need to be fingerprinted as a part of their background checks and a few members of the legislature need the identical system used for rideshare providers. But that didn’t make it into the ultimate model of the invoice.
Assemblyman Cooper stated they might revisit this situation of fingerprinting for ridesharing corporations if there proceed to be issues.