Faulty Uber Background Checks

driver_dude

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Stumbled on this article today. Guess that safe ride fee is going into Travis' pocket.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/19/uber-background-check-allegations/
According to what I've read, background checks only go back seven years for taxi drivers. If you had a DWI before that, you can still get a job driving a taxi. Apparently if you are a felon, you can still get a job driving a taxi if you wait over seven years. Not sure how a felon could get a job anywhere or how anyone could get a driving job with a past DWI, even if it was a decade ago. Go figure.
 

observer

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According to what I've read, background checks only go back seven years for taxi drivers. If you had a DWI before that, you can still get a job driving a taxi. Apparently if you are a felon, you can still get a job driving a taxi if you wait over seven years. Not sure how a felon could get a job anywhere or how anyone could get a driving job with a past DWI, even if it was a decade ago. Go figure.
Not true in most cities.

Taxi drivers usually have to get fingerprint background checks that go further back than Ubers background check.
 

observer

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According to what I've read, background checks only go back seven years for taxi drivers. If you had a DWI before that, you can still get a job driving a taxi. Apparently if you are a felon, you can still get a job driving a taxi if you wait over seven years. Not sure how a felon could get a job anywhere or how anyone could get a driving job with a past DWI, even if it was a decade ago. Go figure.
UBERS background checks go back only 7 years.

They don't want fingerprint checks because they cost about $70 versus $9 for theirs. Costs to check drivers would be astronomical. Of course, Uber would pass this cost on to drivers, discouraging drivers to sign up.

They also take much longer time to run.

Uber wants cheap and quick, so they can onboard many, many competitors for you.
 

driver_dude

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Not true in most cities.

Taxi drivers usually have to get fingerprint background checks that go further back than Ubers background check.
"Both Uber and Lyft require background checks for a number of offenses – such as DUI, violent crimes and sexual assaults—going back seven years. According to Cato research, though that time span may be short, the requirements are often stricter than some of America’s biggest cities’ taxi requirements."

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/11/report-uber-lyft-as-safe-as-taxis
 

driver_dude

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[QUOTE="Uber wants cheap and quick, so they can onboard many, many competitors for you.[/QUOTE]

"The reality is that neither is 100 per cent foolproof - as we discovered last year when putting hundreds of people through our checks who identified themselves as taxi drivers. That process uncovered convictions for DUI, rape, attempted murder, child abuse and violence."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...derer-and-sex-offenders-regulators-claim.html
 

observer

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"Both Uber and Lyft require background checks for a number of offenses – such as DUI, violent crimes and sexual assaults—going back seven years. According to Cato research, though that time span may be short, the requirements are often stricter than some of America’s biggest cities’ taxi requirements."

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/11/report-uber-lyft-as-safe-as-taxis
The Cato Institute....

Lol, that's like asking the Wolf if Little Red Riding Hood is safe at his house.

The Cato Institute is a LIBERTARIAN think tank, they are for zero to no regulation of everything.
 

observer

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[QUOTE="Uber wants cheap and quick, so they can onboard many, many competitors for you.
"The reality is that neither is 100 per cent foolproof - as we discovered last year when putting hundreds of people through our checks who identified themselves as taxi drivers. That process uncovered convictions for DUI, rape, attempted murder, child abuse and violence."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...derer-and-sex-offenders-regulators-claim.html[/QUOTE]

"The reality is neither is 100% foolproof".

I'll grant you that neither is foolproof BUT fingerprint background checks are better than Ubers.
 

observer

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[QUOTE="Uber wants cheap and quick, so they can onboard many, many competitors for you.
"The reality is that neither is 100 per cent foolproof - as we discovered last year when putting hundreds of people through our checks who identified themselves as taxi drivers. That process uncovered convictions for DUI, rape, attempted murder, child abuse and violence."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...derer-and-sex-offenders-regulators-claim.html[/QUOTE]

It sounds to me like you are not in favor of fingerprint checks for Uber drivers.

May I ask why not?
 

Tx rides

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"The reality is that neither is 100 per cent foolproof - as we discovered last year when putting hundreds of people through our checks who identified themselves as taxi drivers. That process uncovered convictions for DUI, rape, attempted murder, child abuse and violence."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...derer-and-sex-offenders-regulators-claim.html
It sounds to me like you are not in favor of fingerprint checks for Uber drivers.

May I ask why not?[/QUOTE]
Chauffeurs must get fingerprinted in Austin. We would do this anyway. It's just a smart CYA thing to do.
 

driver_dude

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The Cato Institute....

Lol, that's like asking the Wolf if Little Red Riding Hood is safe at his house.

The Cato Institute is a LIBERTARIAN think tank, they are for zero to no regulation of everything.
Right on! We don't need no more communistic rules and regulations set by vested interests that interfere with our freedom to operate for full capital. Nobody around here should be fixing prices and trying to limit interstate trade. Don't vote for Deze Nuts.
 
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