Emanuel said fingerprinting Uber, Lyft drivers not the only way to go

Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 04:11:31 AM. “It’s not about fingerprinting, yes or no.The question is, what does it take to make sure that there’s safety. That’s the end point,” the mayor said.
Requiring ride-hailing drivers to be fingerprinted is not the only way to guarantee public safety, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday, even after Lyft acknowledged that one of its drivers had a federal conviction for aiding terrorism. One day after City Hall released a long-awaited study that dodged the fingerprinting controversy, Emanuel remained open to new technologies that, Uber and Lyft have argued, could be used to screen drivers without fingerprinting. “It’s not about fingerprinting, yes or no…The question is, what does it take to make sure that there’s safety. That’s the end point,” said Emanuel, whose brother is an Uber investor. “There’s facial recognition technology. There’s bio-metric technology that can relate to safety. It’s not about one tool. It’s about the goal of safety and what tools you then use to achieve that goal. There’s new technologies coming on. And we’re gonna work through with the industries—both ride share and taxis—how to best achieve that.” The mayor then pointed to his controversial plan to raise ride-hailing fees on Uber, Lyft and Via by 15-cents-a-ride next year and by another nickel in 2019 and use the money to bankroll capital improvements at the CTA. “My focus at the end of the day is not only the safety, but then ensuring that we have the capital to do investments,” he said. Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno has demanded that Lyft replace its background checker, review all 27,000 of its drivers and conduct...Read more
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