California tightens background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers
November 10, 2017
• CPUC requiring use of top-level background screening companies
• “Background checks of every driver every year"
Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other so-called “transportation network companies” in California will have to have background checks done by recognized companies, the California Public Utilities Commission says.
The companies checking the histories of would-be drivers must now be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screener’s Background Screening Credentialing Council.
Further, each TNC must receive proof of accreditation of the background check company and provide that proof to the CPUC.
The background screening for each TNC driver must be conducted prior to a driver driving for a TNC and repeated at least once per year thereafter, for as long as the TNC driver is authorized to operate on the TNC’s platform. The TNC must provide proof of annual screening of its drivers to the CPUC.
“Our decision today requires that TNCs perform background checks of every driver every year for as long as the driver is authorized to operate on the TNC’s platform,” says Commissioner Liane Randolph.