California May Require Background Checks On All Uber, Lyft Drivers

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) – Uber and Lyft would have to conduct background checks on all drivers and lay off certain criminals under a bill California lawmakers are sending to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB1289 advanced after bills seeking to impose stricter regulations on the ride-hailing industry failed in the Democratically controlled Legislature this year.

The bill would outlaw application-based transportation companies from employing drivers who are registered sex offenders, violent felons or terrorists. It would also ban people convicted in the last seven years of assault, domestic violence or driving under the influence.

Companies could be fined up to $5,000 per banned driver.

Uber and Lyft terms and conditions require riders to agree the companies aren’t liable for their safety in the car.

The Assembly passed AB1239 on a 58-4 vote Wednesday.

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One Comment

  1. The real problem is that the two companies won’t use fingerprints or DNA as part of the background check. Criminals use identity theft and counterfeit I.D. to hide themselves all the time. That’s why you need to fingerprint them and get their blood/saliva/hair samples.

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