Ride-Share Companies: Do You Really Know Who is Driving?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
[The following is a paid advertisement.]
Ride-share car companies: they call it your own private driver, but do you really know who is driving?
FACT: Multi-billion dollar ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft are fighting standard criminal background checks and drug tests for drivers, including HB 4075, which would provide safety standards for all drivers across the board. Recently, a NBC 5 Chicago investigative team report found numerous UberX drivers with criminal pasts, including an ex-con on probation with a list of felonies over twenty years long, even after company “background checks.”
FACT: Ride-share companies are fighting standard insurance requirements for drivers. In fact, after an Uber driver hit and killed a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco, Uber denied responsibility and kept the little girl’s family from any insurance compensation.
These tragic stories show why the Chicago Tribune editorial board recently wrote they are “increasingly wary of leaving it to the ride shares to police themselves when it comes to making those checks, given (Uber’s) unapologetic disregard for rules” and the “same safety standard should apply to all ride shares.”
Customers deserve to have the peace of mind knowing that their driver has passed a comprehensive police background check and drug test and carries sufficient insurance in case of an accident.
Support common sense safety protections for all.
Vote YES on HB 4075.