Taxi Drivers to Go Through Background Checks to Ensure Public Safety

By Michael Klazema on 2/13/2012

A bill has been introduced that will ensure taxi drivers in certain areas are subject to background checks before renewing their licenses. Currently there is no law or policy that forces taxi drivers to get their backgrounds scrutinized but if lawmakers have their ways, this will soon change.

Not only will this change of policy protect the public, it will standardize the way cities across the nation hire their cab companies and drivers. The plan is for licensing authorities to make the final call when it comes to granting a license to be a cab driver based on the results of the background check. In many cities, people rely on taxi’s for transportation and when they know the driver’s have gone through criminal background checks, they will feel better about taking cabs. Protecting the public is one of the main reasons these checks are being done.

Cities that will bring this policy into their borders can choose to use a third party processor like in order to get the checks done. has products that would be perfect for checking the background of taxi drivers including instant criminal checks and motor vehicle record checks. The information from these types of companies can be indispensible to cities and companies who hire taxi drivers.

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