No one wants to get in the car with someone who has a history of driving under the influence, especially if they have been in multiple accidents before. That’s understandable and we expect taxi companies, Uber, or Lyft to look into things like this before hiring drivers. It’s the first thing you look at when hiring.
It looks like some bad drivers might have slipped through the cracks, because Uber has been hit with a $8.9 million fine in Colorado for hiring drivers like this.
Drivers with past criminal or motor vehicle offenses and drivers who have had felony convictions or driving under the influence. In fact, there are some cases where these drivers have had their licenses revoked, suspended, or cancelled. These are the last people you want as an Uber driver.
Public Utilities Commission Director Doug Dean says, “We have determined that Uber had background-check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway. These actions put the safety of passengers in extreme jeopardy.”
Uber spokeswoman Stephanie Sedlak said, “We recently discovered a process error that was inconsistent with Colorado’s ridesharing regulations and proactively notified the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This error affected a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action. Per Uber safety policies and Colorado state regulations, drivers with access to the Uber app must undergo a nationally accredited third-party background screening. We will continue to work closely with the CPUC to enable access to safe, reliable transportation options for all Coloradans.”
Let’s hope that they do a better job of screening drivers from now on.