New proposal would augment background checks for ride-share drivers

A proposal to strengthen background checks for ride-share drivers, such as those who drive for services like Uber and Lyft, was recently released by the California Public Utilities Commission on their website.

The proposal sets forth three enhancements:

  1. It requires that the background check companies that ride-sharing companies use be accredited by the Background Screening Credentialing Council of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
  2. Each ride-sharing company must prove to CPUC that their background screening company is accredited
  3. A background screening for each driver must be done at least once a year (for as long as the driver is driving for a ride-share company). Each ride-sharing company must prove to the CPUC that its screening its drivers each year.

Ride-sharing companies continue to face growing pains, with regulators battling to integrate them into transportation networks in a fair manner.

Just recently, Uber were stripped of their license to operate in London, UK, a massive area of operations.

California continues to lead the way in new technology and with both Uber and Lyft’s main headquarters located in San Francisco, ride-sharing is certainly a big part of that. Whatever decisions are made in California can quickly create a precedent for the rest of the country.

The earliest the CPUC board would vote on the proposal is Nov. 9.

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