Under a new agreement between transportation network companies (TNC) and Governor Charlie Baker’s administration, Uber and Lyft drivers in Massachusetts are required to pass a state-run background check by early April.
The popular Uber/ Lyft ride services already have their requirement of getting driver’s background check conducted by third-party vendors before they drive on road. According to a law passed during summer, drivers were required to pass both checks, one from company and other from the state.
CEO of Dav El / Boston Coach Chauffeured Transportation Network and a board director of National Limousine Association, Scott Solombrino said that fingerprinting remains to be a controversial issue, but the fight ain’t over. He expects that next year fingerprint check will be added to the security process in the legislation. He said it is good for the state, and the fact that we think there’s an even better system around, then that it’s called fingerprinting.
As per state law, taxi drivers do not need to undergo fingerprinting, but they exist in some cities, including Boston.
Solombrino wonders whether any current Uber drivers who underwent companies’ background checks may be taken off the road as per the state’s check. This we will know about in the coming six months, he added. Department of Public Utilities Chairwoman Angela O’Connor said that the state background check will not simply be similar to the companies’ process, but will be different.
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