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Thousands of ride share drivers’ certifications revoked or suspended

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momof4
6991 Rider Driver
 Posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Maybe if they would get rid of the criminals and sex offenders they would't have as many lawsuits or bad press. It would open up more trips to deserving drivers that are not criminals or sex offenders.  That are out there trying to make a living. I have a 21 yr old daughter that thankfully dont Uber much and when she does its with a group of friends or her boyfriend. Its scary to think about these young girls who get so drunk and pass out what some of these men can do them. Then you have the parents that cant understand why we are not supposed to drive minors. What the hell would make ypu send your minor child with a stranger? Just dont get it.


https://www.wcvb.com/article/thousands-of-ride-share-drivers-certifications-revoked-or-suspended/25141025


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    Wes
    1453 Rider Driver
     5 months ago

    When Uber began the uberX standard after initially being limited to black car, they were a very small start up company and eventually started doing background checks.  I'm sure they chose a company to do them that was affordable and provided reasonably adequate checks.  Back in the day, Uber appealed to folks that had nice cars and were generally a class of quasi-professionals.  Cars had to be newer than 10 years (and less in some markets) and there really were standards to follow. 

    Today the rates are less than 1/2 of where they were then, and the driver base has migrated downward.  Today cars can be 15 years old (in our market) which honestly folks is really drawing some raggedy old junkers into the mix, and the quality of drivers has depreciated immensely.  I hear comments from my passengers often such as "wow, this is the nicest Uber car we've ever been in" etc....

    Is my car nice?  Yes, BUT, the key is that it is immaculately CL...

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    When Uber began the uberX standard after initially being limited to black car, they were a very small start up company and eventually started doing background checks.  I'm sure they chose a company to do them that was affordable and provided reasonably adequate checks.  Back in the day, Uber appealed to folks that had nice cars and were generally a class of quasi-professionals.  Cars had to be newer than 10 years (and less in some markets) and there really were standards to follow. 

    Today the rates are less than 1/2 of where they were then, and the driver base has migrated downward.  Today cars can be 15 years old (in our market) which honestly folks is really drawing some raggedy old junkers into the mix, and the quality of drivers has depreciated immensely.  I hear comments from my passengers often such as "wow, this is the nicest Uber car we've ever been in" etc....

    Is my car nice?  Yes, BUT, the key is that it is immaculately CLEAN.  I'm appalled at the condition of some of the cars I've ridden in as a passenger.  Yikes!  I can only imagine how they live at home - as this is apparently their "normal" and perfectly acceptable based on their personal standards.

    The ONLY way this will ever improve is for Uber to genuinely start vetting their drivers, insist on thorough background checks, and insist on car inspections before they do their first ride.  I think the first step would be to make the drivers PAY (make a little investment) for their own background checks and to receive a copy for your personal files.  Secondly let's do automobile inspections - with a test drive for a few blocks with the driver.  Third let's develop a real "standard" for dealing with folks under 18.  If it's okay, then let's have a set of guidelines that make it "ok".  Uber tends to not comment at all until an accident or situation raises the issue.  It would be SO easy to ask the rider their age when requesting a car if their name is different than that on the account- and if they intentionally falsify their information, then it's on them and not the driver.  Let's increase rates so that we can actually make a profit.  The easiest and best solution IMO would be to increase the rates, but decrease the surges to a more reasonable level such as double or triple at the very most.  And how about a help line that is actually informed.  I keep reading and even seeing video's of horrific help line experiences.  This is inexcusable for a company doing billions of dollars in business.  And lastly, let's create a class of "child seat" cars where the driver will make an extra buck for installing and making available a child seat which is required by law!!!

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      momof4
      6991 Rider Driver
       5 months ago

      Sounds like a plan. I agree especially with bzckground checks. Fingerprinted FBI check is under 50.00,. I want to say 35/40. Its easy and a few places in area are licensed to do. Results come back very fast. In some cases instantly. The only issue I see with car seats is fhe age of child. My kids are in their teens and 20's but if I remember correctly there are 3 stages of car seats. It would be tough to keep multiple car seats in our our cars. Maybe they make one seat that converts and can be used for different stages. The other issue is if we lend a carseat to rider and that particular car seat had recall we would be responsible if something happened. I got that info on amother post hete on the site. I do however carry a bosster seat (age 6 and over) it cost me 13.00. Easy to store in trunk, dont take up much room, light weight. Since its only a booster not a protective seat no issue with liability. It pd for itself in one ride. Now no need to decline rides if kids are 6 yrs old & up. 

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    AngieKM169
    102 Rider
     5 months ago

    I am not sure what to think.

     Are we to commend Uber and the state they caught these pervs from driving?  Or are we to be concerned that so many rapists and criminals are applying to drive?  ...or are there just that many criminals in the world?  

    This is freaking me out a little.

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      momof4
      6991 Rider Driver
       5 months ago

      Definately not commend Uber. They should've done better background checks and caught these people before they ever made it as a driver. 3rd party background checks only go back 7 yrs. To do a proper background check that goes back further and covers all States you need a fingerprinted FBI background check. They are not much more money. Uber takes 2.00/2.20 (depending on city) booking fee per trip to cover Insurance, app upgrades, and backround checks. Every driver every trip that booking fee is taken out of so you can imagine the amt of $ they make. When I started Nursing school 18 mths ago I pd less than 50.00 for FBI fingerprinted background check. Uber could afford to do those same checks. Yes we should be concerned that there ate that many criminals in the world. Unfortunately we live in a world thats not a safe place anymore. Most not all places of business will not hire someone who has a record period even if its a one time DUI that didnt kill someone (not saying that any ...

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      Definately not commend Uber. They should've done better background checks and caught these people before they ever made it as a driver. 3rd party background checks only go back 7 yrs. To do a proper background check that goes back further and covers all States you need a fingerprinted FBI background check. They are not much more money. Uber takes 2.00/2.20 (depending on city) booking fee per trip to cover Insurance, app upgrades, and backround checks. Every driver every trip that booking fee is taken out of so you can imagine the amt of $ they make. When I started Nursing school 18 mths ago I pd less than 50.00 for FBI fingerprinted background check. Uber could afford to do those same checks. Yes we should be concerned that there ate that many criminals in the world. Unfortunately we live in a world thats not a safe place anymore. Most not all places of business will not hire someone who has a record period even if its a one time DUI that didnt kill someone (not saying that any DUI is ok). Uber wants to put as many drivers as possible on the road they obviously dont care what that driver is or was. If they did care hiring process would be much better/stricter.

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