Audits Coming for Uber Drivers in Burlington

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Security audits are coming to Uber drivers in the Queen City.

City Councilors have reached an agreement with the ride-hailing company to check 25 drivers twice a year.  Those twenty-five drivers who have given at least one ride in Burlington in the prior month will be subjected to an inspection.  The agreement is a push by the City to ensure the company is complying with Burlington’s Vehicle for Hire Ordinance.  City officials will check for proper registration and insurance, that the car was made in this decade, that the driver is at least 21 years old, and that drivers have clear criminal records.

Some councilors say the audits won’t make a difference.

“Those drivers are not identified by name, there’s a whole list of numbers we will see and we’ll pick 25 numbers.  They {Uber} will then provide us with background checks for those numbers.  We don’t know how many total drivers are operating in Burlington for Uber, and we will never at any point have a full list of the drivers’ names.  So conceivably what they could do is have behind the scenes 25 clean background checks just sitting there at anytime, and give us those 25 background checks for each audit,” said Ward 2 Alderman Max Tracy.

The Memorandum of Understanding was passed by the Burlington City Council with an 8 to 2 vote.

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