More Than 8,000 Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Massachusetts Background Check

 Friday, April 7, 2017

In November, the ride-sharing companies agreed to let the state run its own background checks as part of a deal that would let Lyft and Uber drivers service Logan Airport. More than 70,000 drivers applied for the checks. The results of the state’s first screening were announced on Wednesday, and more than 10% of applicants did not pass. The most common reason for rejecting drivers was a previous suspended license. More than 1,500 drivers were rejected for a violent crime charge. Other reasons for denial included various driving offenses, felony convictions, and sex, abuse and exploitation. The state also identified 51 sex offenders.