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Texas Law Could Nullify Municipal Fingerprint Check Requirements for Uber, Lyft

Texas Law Could Nullify Municipal Fingerprint Check Requirements for Uber, Lyft

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill bringing the regulation of ride-hailing companies like Uber under state jurisdiction. While the bill requires such companies to pay annual $5,000 fees to the state, it could nullify municipal regulations in Austin and Houston requiring them to perform fingerprint-based background checks on drivers. The bill, introduced by…

Rhode Island Considers Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Rhode Island Considers Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft Drivers

“The bill is almost certain to prompt a notice from Uber and Lyft that the organizations will halt their services in Rhode Island if the biometric background check requirement is implemented.” Another state is considering legislation that would require Uber drivers to undergo biometric background checks. Rhode Island State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has just…

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

“The legislation is set to take effect December 15th, but the Maryland Public Service Commission will hold hearings on the matter starting this Thursday, with Uber and Lyft officials expected to participate.” Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt operations in Maryland if they are forced to comply with new legislation requiring that…

Life Goes on in Austin After Uber, Lyft Departures

Life Goes on in Austin After Uber, Lyft Departures

Smaller ride-hailing services are filling the void left by Uber and Lyft in Austin. The leading ride-hailing companies ceased their operations in the city this past May in protest of municipal legislation requiring biometric, fingerprint-based background checks for drivers. Now, with the giants gone, numerous smaller companies have been offering similar services, and are operating in compliance…

Florida County Becomes New Front In Uber, Lyft’s Biometric Background Check Fight

Florida County Becomes New Front In Uber, Lyft’s Biometric Background Check Fight

Florida’s Hillsborough County is moving to implement new regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, reports the Tampa Bay Times. A subcommittee of the county’s Public Transportation Committee voted to proceed with new legislation establishing a special category for ride-hailing companies called ‘transportation network companies’, or TNCs, and setting out specific regulations for such…

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved new legislation concerning the certification of Uber and Lyft drivers, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has gone public with his concerns about their lack of any requirement for a fingerprint-based background check. While the regulations require Uber and Lyft drivers to be officially certified and to have…

Uber, Lyft, Continue Fight Against Biometric Checks in New Jersey

Uber, Lyft, Continue Fight Against Biometric Checks in New Jersey

New-generation taxi services Uber and Lyft are once again fighting efforts to mandate biometric background checks for their drivers. This time, the fighting is playing out in New Jersey, where two bills are currently being debated at the Legislature, one that would let the attorney general decide on mandatory fingerprint-based background checks, and another that…

IBIA Urges Uber and Lyft to Accept Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

IBIA Urges Uber and Lyft to Accept Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is urging unregulated taxi services Uber and Lyft to accept fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers. In a new white paper, the organization argues that the companies’ reliance on biographic background checks and their refusal to make use of the criminal databases associated with program’s like the FBI’s Rap…

Atlanta Airport Seeks Biometric Background Checks for Uber Drivers

Atlanta Airport Seeks Biometric Background Checks for Uber Drivers

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, more commonly known as the Atlanta airport, is seeking to impose mandatory fingerprint-based background checks on unlicensed taxi services such as Uber and Lyft. The airport submitted the plan to Atlanta’s city council for consideration this week. Predictably, Uber and Lyft have come out with public objections against the proposal,…

Uber, Lyft Resist Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Uber, Lyft Resist Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are fighting municipal legislation encouraging them to adopt fingerprint-based background checks for drivers in Austin, Texas. The legislation offers special privileges to drivers who undergo the fingerprint-based background checks, such as access to high-traffic areas at city events. But the ride-sharing companies see it differently, with Uber having issued a…