Uber Background Checks Face Scrutiny In Terror Attack

Posted on November 2, 2017
Should this be Uber driver uniform? (Just in case). (Wikimedia Commons photo by Rainerzufall1234)

Should this be Uber driver uniform? (Just in case). (Wikimedia Commons photo by Rainerzufall1234)

Once again, Uber's driver background checks are being challenged on their level of accuracy and depth after the TNC confirmed the suspect in the New York City terror attack had worked as one of its drivers.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29,  passed a background check, the company told CBS. Uber is reviewing Saipov's history with the transportation network company, but hasn't yet identified any safety reports that would have raised concerns.

The scrutiny comes as Uber is trying to shake a number of scandals and customer concerns, ranging from a dysfunctional corporate culture that included allegations of sexual harassment to questions about its driver screening process. It's not the first time an Uber driver has ended up as a criminal suspect: Jason Brian Dalton, who allegedly shot eight people in Kalamazoo, Michigan, had worked for the ride-hailing app and passed its screening process.

CBS News article and video here

Related Topics: background checks, criminal incidents, law enforcement, New York operators, regulatory enforcement, TNCs, Uber

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