THE NEW YORK based National Limousine Association (NLA) is calling for fingerprint checks for all hire and reward drivers.
A spokesman for the NLA said: “The National Limousine Association is renewing its call for legislation mandating fingerprint-based background checks and universal drug-screening for executive and ride-hailing service drivers.”
Uber and Lyft disagree and claim they already perform “rigorous background checks” on all their drivers to ensure the safety of their passengers.
But, a spokesman for the NLA said this was false: “As demonstrated recently in Colorado and Massachusetts, where the background checks of these companies missed thousands of drivers with criminal backgrounds.”
Gary Buffo, president of the NLA, said: “Uber and Lyft continue to evade the issues and questions concerning their driver screening procedures. A truly comprehensive screening process would include a fingerprint-based background check with the ability to find crimes many years back and across state lines. In-person interviews, as well as drug and alcohol screening are also absent from the ride-hail vetting process and it is time that all transportation providers are held to a much higher standard.”