The Boston Police Department announced yesterday that taxi cab drivers in the city would have to undergo fingerprint background checks. In response, Uber’s chief advisor, David Plouffe, responded by reiterating Uber’s resistance to the use of such security measures for Uber.
“Our problem with fingerprinting is we think it’s discriminatory, meaning there’s a lot of people who might have been arrested who weren’t convicted, that would be denied,” said Plouffe.
Plouffe continues to state that he believes the company does a good job of screening drivers, and said that “most places around the country, they have accepted the background check and security regiment that we and our competitors have utilized.” In Boston, police commissioner William Evans has indicated that he supports fingerprinting Uber drivers. There are recent efforts in Massachusetts to unveil a bill that will govern ridesharing services. Both Uber and Lyft have previously threatened to leave cities where they are forced to conduct fingerprint background checks, like in Austin, Texas.
In addition, Plouffe did not provide a response to whether safety measures, such as fingerprint background checks, could have prevented the recent shootings of Uber driver Jason Dalton in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Would you feel safer, and be more likely to use ridesharing apps, if Uber (and other companies) were forced to fingerprint all drivers?