Uber's introduction of a "safe rides" fee a few years ago
angered lots of customers who thought they should not have to pay an extra
fee for their safety. That fee generated more than $449 million in revenue
for Uber over the last two years, according to a report from Bloomberg.
According to Uber’s website:
“The background check includes a Motor Vehicle Record review as well
as a criminal background check.
Local laws and regulations often establish the specific background check
criteria that Uber applies, and these criteria can vary significantly
from state to state. In general though, in order to pass the background
check, drivers must have:
– At least one year U.S. licensing history (if under 23 years old,
must have at least three years licensing history)
– A valid driver's license and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) that shows:
– No major moving violations, such as DUIs or reckless driving, within
the last seven years
– No more than three minor moving violations in the past three years,
such as speeding tickets or failure to obey traffic laws
– A criminal record that does not include a conviction for a felony,
violent crime, or sexual offense within the last seven years, among other
things such as a registration on the U.S. Department of Justice National
Sex Offender Public website.
The background check is private, secure, and completely free for potential
driver partners. Background checks are performed by Checkr, Inc., a third
party background check provider that is accredited by the National Association
of Professional Background Screeners. Periodically, we re-run background
checks for current driver partners. The background check does not include
a credit check.”
As of November 9, 2017, California’s Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) issued a new order to intensify background checks requirements
for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft.
TNCs now will be required to use companies credited by the National Association
of Professional Background Screeners when conducting background checks
on drivers. Background checks will be required before any ride share driver
is allowed to drive on the app and background checks will now be conducted
yearly. The CPUC hopes these changes will provide additional security
and peace of mind for passengers.
More information regarding the CPUC changes can be found here: