By Bob Katzen
The Baker Administration released the results of the state’s background check on applicants who applied to drive for Uber and Lyft since the Legislature approved a law regulating the application-based ride services. There were 70,789 drivers who applied and 8,206 (or 13 percent) of those were rejected. Applications were rejected for many reasons including 152 convictions for drunken driving, sex offenses (403), violent crimes (1,559) and habitual traffic offenses (425).
“Public safety is a top priority for this administration and we are pleased to have completed this first round of in depth background checks a year ahead of schedule,” said Gov. Baker. “Massachusetts has set a national standard for driver safety and we look forward to future partnerships with Uber, Lyft and others to grow this innovative industry and support more jobs and economic opportunities for all.”