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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…

Uber Drivers To Use Mobile Face Recognition For Verification

Uber Drivers To Use Mobile Face Recognition For Verification

Uber is launching a biometric identification system for its drivers in the US, but it’s not the one that regulators have been asking for. The ride-hailing company has been in a protracted conflict with state and municipal authorities across the US who have attempted to introduce biometric background checks for Uber and similar services. In…

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…

Austin Proceeds with Biometric Background Check Regulations for Ride-Hailing Services

Austin Proceeds with Biometric Background Check Regulations for Ride-Hailing Services

With Uber and Lyft having pulled out of Austin over legislation mandating biometric background checks for drivers last December, city officials are proceeding with new legislation enforcing the checks. That enforcement is arriving in the form of fines. Ride-hailing companies that fail to comply with Austin’s graduated background check program will need to pay one…

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…

Traditional Taxi Services Call for Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Traditional Taxi Services Call for Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

America’s Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) and National Limousine Association (NLA) are calling for fingerprint-based background checks for all drivers for hire. In a joint statement announcing their collective stance, the organizations highlight the safety benefits offered by such biometric background checks, which can help ensure that passengers are in good hands when hiring…

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…