How Yellow Cab could have avoided a lawsuit

Calling for a taxiYellow Cab has recently been under fire for allowing cab drivers to continue working despite causing — or being involved in — multiple accidents. Earlier this month, Yellow Cab owner Jack Bewley announced that all drivers working for the business now have accident insurance, and that the company regularly conducts inspections and background checks on its drivers. This announcement comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by a customer who was injured when her cab collided with another vehicle and flipped the cab. The cab driver had been involved in three previous accidents. During court proceedings, it was discovered that Yellow Cab had not run either background or drug screenings on all of its drivers. All of Yellow Cab’s drivers are considered independent contractors. When you run a business that requires placing the public’s safety in the hands of your employees or contractors, it’s incredibly important that you regularly run background checks, drug tests and other checks that may affect their work. If you’re hiring a driver, you need to know if a candidate has been involved in any accidents, if they have anything on their record such as a DUI or DWI, and they should regularly undergo drug testing to make sure that drivers only hit the road sober. Having a standard policy in place for conducting these tests could have helped protect not only Yellow Cab’s customers, but also their reputation.

  • First, any potential new hire or contractor should undergo a standard background check. This allows a company to ensure that a candidate does not have a criminal record, and that they don’t have any pending litigation in court. A driving record check should be performed for those who may need to operate a motor vehicle during the course of their work.
  • If a candidate is applying for a job in which others’ safety could be at risk, they should be required to undergo a drug test before they are offered the job. In addition, drug tests should be administered at regular intervals to ensure compliance.
  • Should anyone get into an accident — whether it’s in a motor vehicle or not — the contractor or employee should be drug tested again, and his or her driving record checked, if applicable.
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