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Background Checks at Uber Called Into Question After San Francisco Assault

Excerpt from Pando Daily

Jan 06, 2014 3:30 pm

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When California made mandatory security checks for car service upstarts in the state, they did not require the same level of scrutiny they do of existing ground transportation providers. This un-level playing field doesn’t seem wise.

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Last month, Pando reported that an Uber driver in San Francisco had been accused of verbally and physically assaulting a passenger.

… Pando has since learned that the driver — 28-year-old San Francisco resident Daveea Whitmire — has a criminal record, including felony and misdemeanor charges, and at least one felony conviction involving prison time. How, or why, Uber missed — or ignored — this criminal history is unclear.

… As transportation apps grow in popularity and legitimacy, this raises a few questions. Are startups like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar liable in the eyes of the law for what happens when people use their application? How well do they vet their drivers? And most importantly: What responsibility are they willing to take when things go wrong?

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