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Thorough Background Screening of Ride Sharing Drivers Could Better Serve the Public; opines

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Thorough Background Screening of Ride Sharing Drivers Could Better Serve the Public; opines

Every day millions of people use mobile phones to hail a ride. Whether at the airport or around town ride sharing (or ride-hail) has had explosive growth over the past decade. Uber, Lyft and other related companies dominate the short drive hire industry, an industry once dominated by taxi cabs. The millions of people that use these services have grown to trust them for their safety.

And yet controversy lingers over the hiring of ride-hail/ride-share drivers. Seemingly on a daily basis the news on the internet is filled with stories about attacks from drivers for ride-share companies.

A recent report by CNN suggests that incidents with Uber drivers have forced the company to create a Special Investigations Unit.

From (Jan 22, 19):

According to CNN, the memo stated that the SIU team "manages nearly 1,200 cases per week," and noted, "Although some reports shared with the SIU are frivolous and later found to have no merit or constitute fraud, we were told that most of the cases reported have some basis of substantiation."

In the case of violence toward women, the number of instances that have already come to light—even compared to the total number of rides, which Uber estimates at 2 billion over the past two years—is cause enough for alarm. (1)

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of, opines: “Thorough background screening of many drivers would be a considerable challenge and yet remains an essential task. The very basis of background screening is risk mitigation. Public safety would be a primary concern for ride-share companies, subsequently risk mitigation would be a critical outcome, and background screening would be an integral element within that risk mitigation program.”

A recent report out of Massachusetts suggests a significant number of applicants to ride-hail companies failed background screening. This is a notable step forward for an industry under continuous pressure. Ride-share companies are beginning to understand the importance of protecting drivers and passengers alike. (2)

However, reports continue to appear on-line about malfeasant acts performed by ride-share drivers.

In Madison, Wisconsin a ride-share driver has been accused of sexual assault upon a passenger in her home. (3)

Almeida opines: “The examples of ride-share companies challenges is an excellent reminder for other companies, large and small. Pre-employment background screening should be an absolute must and as thorough as possible. Working with a well-qualified employment screening agency remains a best practice.”

Third-party employment screening companies can assist companies large and small in remaining fully compliant with existing law as well as being prepared for potential law.

Almeida concludes: “Working with a pre-employment background screening agency will greatly assist any company in mitigating risk and assisting in keeping people safe.” is a third-party background screening company that can provide compliant solutions for all screening requirements. From pre-employment to post-hire screening, as well as volunteer, caregiver and nanny checks, provides background screening services across a broad array of industries. From the smallest organization to the largest corporation, can fulfill every background screening requirement.





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