Uber monitors criminal records of its drivers "in real time"

This article was posted on 16 July 2018

Uber monitors criminal records of its drivers "in real time"

The firm will now constantly receive updates on the driver's legal and criminal status.

Uber has long been criticized for its alleged inability to ensure rider safety.

Earlier, Uber vowed to conduct background checks every year.

In July 2018, the firm partnered with Checkr, and Appriss; providers of safety data.

Since the start of the partnership, 25 drivers have been removed from the service.

The sample size of the project is unknown, but the system has not yet been fully rolled out.

In the past 4 years, 103 Uber drivers have been accused of some form of assault.

As per special CNN report, 31 have been convicted.

There is a silver lining for those who have had minor charges and have trouble finding a job.

Resolved charges will be removed from the system, allowing people to reapply.

76% of those released from prison are rearrested within 5 years. This is partially attributed to outdated background checks that ban people from employment.

The system is set to increase rider safety and boost confidence across the board.

If Uber ever employs ex-felons, should Uber inform you about your drivers shady past?