Sunday, January 20, 2019

Matt Daus of Windels Marx on CNN New York — Frequent Chauffeur Driven contributor Matthew W. Daus, a partner at the firm of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, shared his insight in a CNN in a piece entitled Thousands of Criminals Were Cleared to Be Uber Drivers. Here's How Rideshare Companies Fought Stronger Checks, which discusses how public safety is being put at risk daily by companies like Uber and Lyft.

The segment, which aired June 1, addressed the many failures of the self-governed TNC background check system. It revealed that a study in the three states—Maryland, Massuchussets, and California—found that 1000s of drivers with, what should be, “disqualifying criminal records” were still working for TNCs. One of these active drivers was currently on parole after serving time for a murder charge.

Drivers are said to have been vetted by rideshare companies but many disqualifying drivers are slipping through the cracks. The issue is that while traditional transporters follow specific guidelines in order to operate, TNCs are allowed to set their own rules in regards to background checks and fingerprinting.

Daus, former Commissioner/Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission says their game plan in every single state is to get a law passed that's just for them. He also added, "Taxis and limos are still required to abide by the old, more stringent rules, but Uber and Lyft have a free for all. It's become the Wild West."

Visit cnn.it/2xAHecD to watch the video.

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