Completing background checks for the rideshare industry is more critical than ever in today’s day and age. Services like Uber, and Lyft, make these processes the primary concern for riders everywhere.
With the rise of the more convenient rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft, there has been a serious threat to traditional taxi services in cities all over the country. The rules and regulations of these rideshare services vary from company to company. Taxi services generally have a more in-depth process to check their drivers before putting them to work on the streets. Some aspects of taxi industry background checks include:
- Drivers License
- Criminal History
- Ability to drive over 4 hours
- Driving record of 10 the last ten years
- Taking and passing a test
These guidelines are just a few initiatives that taxi drivers have to complete in order to be hired by a taxi company. Some on-demand apps do not require an extensive background check in order to become a driver for them. The lack of policy has brought on severe scrutiny for the new rideshare apps.
The main concern for customers of the rideshare industry is safety. The on-demand apps, like Uber, should begin to make shifts towards mimicking their counterparts when conducting background checks. The taxi service background checks should act as a template for future background checks for all rideshare services. Recent legal measures that have been pursued against on-demand apps, like Uber, have shown a light on the potential outcomes of not implementing a thorough background check. Uber’s background check procedure is not nearly as in-depth as taxi services.
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Background checks for Uber go back about seven years in criminal history for drivers. Whereas taxi services go back through their entire careers looking for criminal activity when considering their employees. Ensuring the safety of customers should be rideshare companies number one concern. New tactics should be discussed on future revisions for the on-demand apps to keep up with taxi service standards. Although Uber and Lyft are two easy alternatives for anyone to get a ride in or out of big cities, customers should be cautious of who they are getting in the car with. Uber provides a somewhat helpful rating system to communicate with customers what drivers have are preferred to others. This does not guarantee the safety of customers but can be taken into account when choosing your next rideshare service.