Atlanta international airport wants Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint criminal background checks

March 31, 2016 - 

Atlanta’s city council is expected to review a plan outlining certain conditions for Uber and other ride-booking services to operate at the airport.

According to a report by ABC News, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have said they want drivers to undergo criminal background checks based on fingerprints.

Uber has objected to the fingerprint checks, saying its own background checks work well, and the fingerprint-based checks would be overly cumbersome for its drivers.

The airport’s plan also covers proposed fees that ride-booking firms would pay the airport and outlines where and when drivers can pick up passengers at the airport.

The airport’s proposed new rules for Uber, Lyft and other ride-booking firms go before the city council’s transportation committee this week.

Last year, eight members of the U.S. Congress called on ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies, Lyft and Sidecar Technologies to begin running fingerprint-based background checks on their drivers. Since then, officials in Austin, Boston and California have urged the companies to implement fingerprint checks for drivers.

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