Since 2014 Ride Safe has pleaded with regulators and government officials to mandate that rideshare companies use a real background checking process on drivers.
Currently the background checking and vetting procedures for Uber and Lyft neglect to check:
*Criminal records in all 50 US states.
*The majority of criminal history from countries outside the US.
*Most criminal history beyond 7 to 10 years.
*Verification of vehicle documentation including insurance policy, vehicle registration and vehicle title.
*Identity of the person submitting the information during the application process.
*Identity of the driver while operating the vehicle.
*Criminal record updates after sign on to the apps.
*Compliance with Lien holders, insurance and DOT/DMV for commercial activity reporting.
Shockingly neither Uber, Lyft or any government body in the US has effectively addressed this issue despite the admission by both Uber and Lyft that their business models now generate the largest epidemic of sexual assaults on customers in the history of commercial motor transportation.
Instead, Lyft and Uber have offered anecdotal solutions such as Uber’s ‘panic button’ proposal which has failed to resolve the issue of hundreds of reported assaults on customers by Uber drivers each week.
This may have something to do with the fact that a panic button does not remove a driver who was never given a real background check from being your driver in the first place.
Lyft now proposes another anecdotal and after-the-fact solution by attempting to use app algorithms to predict when your driver may be assaulting you.
No plans to improve background checking or institute actual document or driver verification were announced as part of Lyft’s new plan.