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Ridesharing: Uber & Lyft, Assaults Continue

Over the past couple of years, nearly every two weeks, the ridesharing services; Uber and Lyft have another assault case. While with such large enterprises, some mishaps are to be expected. In contrast, Chipotle had few dozen cases of food poisoning and it sent the company in a tailspin. They shut down stores and made revamping their processes a major focus. According to whosdrivingyou.org, at the time of this writing, between Lyft and Uber, there have been over; 44 deaths, 10 kidnappings, 20 felons, 92 imposters, 86 assaults, topping out with 345 sexual assaults over only the past 2 – 3 years as they are pioneering this new type of service.

What should a company do when essentially, most of its workforce are franchisees?

Here’s a look at what it takes to be an Uber driver (SOURCE ). Convenient and web-based.

What constitutes “a good effort” in regard to finding qualified drivers and protecting the public?

According to the article; “What we know (and don’t know) about Uber background checks” from CNN (SOURCE)

In contrast to the rideshare companies, when Chipotle had nearly four dozen incidents of people getting sick from their food, they took aggressive action and shut down affected stores and implemented new policies. They didn’t send out Public Relation experts to say; “Look, you can expect a bit of food poisoning now and then, that’s just life.” (SOURCE)

To become an Uber driver, a candidate can’t have major traffic violations, DUI, be convicted of; a felony, sexual offense or violent crime in the last seven years. In addition; no more than three minor violations in three years. In most states they depend on names and Social Security numbers and not fingerprints, other than New York and few other states that force more stringent standards. Even though studies have shown fingerprints are far more reliable.

Report: Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Checks Are 43 Times More Accurate Than Name Checks (SOURCE)

Standards vary by state; Uber usually conducts background checks via startup Checkr, while Lyft screens with Sterling Talent Solutions. While the digital background checks seem like a good start, Uber doesn’t even take the time to meet anyone face-to-face. Have you ever heard of a franchise or job that never required you to meet them? How do they match the name with the person?

In the Big Apple, laws were passed to compel Uber and Lyft to screen drivers with fingerprints and background checks. If New York has found it needs higher standards, why not states like Georgia?


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