Solombrino Promotes Fingerprint Checks For Drivers

Posted on February 24, 2016

Taxi drivers in Boston are now getting fingerprinted as part of a new requirement. All of the city’s taxi drivers will have to get fingerprinted every year as they renew their taxi license.

The change comes as state lawmakers are weighing whether to include fingerprinting as part of background checks for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

Scott Solombrino, president of Dav El / BostonCoach Chauffeured Transportation Network, is part of a coalition called Ride Safe Massachusetts, which is pushing for regulations for transportation network companies. He is also a board director of the National Limousine Association.

Radio Boston article and link to Solombrino radio interview here

Related Topics: background checks, Boston operators, criminal incidents, driver behavior, Massachusetts operators, passenger safety, Safety, Scott Solombrino, taxis, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 3 )
  • Barry Gross

     | about 4 years ago

    We agree completely that all transportation entities should have a commonly applied set of safety regulations. Fingerprinting as part of a background check is really the only legitimate way to ensure a thorough screening. That is only part of the equation however, as Uber adheres to no minimum training regimen. Their drivers are not required to undergo training for the incredibly difficult job of operating a motor vehicle safely with passengers on-board, while trying to find unfamiliar locations with no advance preparation. Uber contributes an additional layer of difficulty by forcing their drivers to interact with a mobile device; often in violation of local ordinance. Were Uber to actually see, train, and road test their drivers, they could no doubt weed out a vast number of those who either cannot perform adequately, or more important, present indications that they might be a danger to others. In addition, there is no interpersonal relationship with dispatch, whereby a dispatcher could make an assessment of a) who actually is operating a vehicle, or b) that individual's fitness to operate a motor vehicle. The bottom line is that their is simply no human oversight, and that is because there is no money in it. It costs money staff live personnel, and it costs money to train, especially with Uber's astronomically high turnover rate. "Who's driving you" is right, and the scariest prospect of all is that not even Uber really knows!

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