Matthew W. Daus, Esq., partner at the Windels Marx law firm and former Commissioner/Chair of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) shared his insights during a CNN piece entitled, “Thousands of criminals were cleared to be Uber drivers. Here’s how rideshare companies fought stronger checks.”

The story discusses how public safety is being put at risk on a daily basis by many app-based companies that shirk their responsibilities when it comes to fingerprinting and background checks. Drivers are said to have been vetted by “rideshare” companies, but many disqualifying drivers are slipping through the cracks.

While traditional transportation services follow specific guidelines in order to operate, many of these app-based services, which are new to the industry, are inexplicably allowed to set their own rules regarding important safety and security issues.

Mr. Daus stated that, “Their game plan in every single state is to get a law passed that’s just for them. Taxis and limos are still required to abide by the old, more stringent rules, but Uber and Lyft have a free for all. It’s become the Wild West.”

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