LA Mayor calls for TNC background checks after alleged rape by Uber driver.
MARLTON, N.J.—The National Limousine Association (NLA) recently issued a statement supporting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who called for fingerprint and background checks of TNC drivers following the arrest of an Uber driver for the alleged rape of a passenger in Orange County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2015.The Mayor and two council members called on the state legislator March 17 to require all TNC drivers and limousine services operating in the city to have mandatory fingerprint scans and background checks.
“The NLA applauds the initiative and supports full compliance with the proposed fingerprint-based background check regulations. Furthermore, the NLA challenges Uber and Lyft to follow suit and believes the adoption of regulations such as these set a vital precedent for ride-hailing services and the “sharing economy” as a whole,” the NLA stated.
"In little more than three weeks (in Kalamazoo and now Anaheim), two Uber drivers have been charged with heinous and severely violent crimes, resulting in six deaths, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, eight firearms violations and rape,” said NLA President Gary Buffo. “The NLA supports Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Paul Krekorian's call for fingerprint scans and background checks for drivers of all private ground transportation, both prearranged services and ride-hailing apps. Incidents such as these have proven fingerprint-based background checks are vital to protect passengers, drivers and the public-at-large from harm. We insist all drivers and operators assume the same level of accountability,” added Buffo.