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Proposed Regulation Would Scrutinize Rideshare Drivers

Lincoln officials consider requiring rideshare drivers to undergo same checks as taxi operators

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Both Uber and Lyft operate in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.

Both Uber and Lyft operate in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.

Photo by Maria Miller

Photo by Maria Miller

Both Uber and Lyft operate in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.

Clara Pohlman, Social Media Editor

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Oct. 5, 2017 — In a recent City Council meeting, Lincoln, Nebr. officials proposed an ordinance that would require rideshare company drivers, such as Uber and Lyft, to go through a background screening process.

Taxi drivers support this scrutiny. They believe that their citizens should be assured that they are riding with a safe driver. However, Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister disagreed with local taxi employees on the grounds of the immense difficulty of screening every driver in order to comply with the proposed rule.

A number of Skutt Catholic students use rideshare companies as a cost-effective and convenient way to get around both within Omaha and out of town. If the proposal is approved, drivers may have to go without their driving income for a while to wait for their screening and approval.

Senior Caleb Sudbeck said that his past Uber experience was anything but unsafe. “I never felt like my driver was anyone who he said he was not,” Sudbeck said. “He was just a middle-aged dad who said he wanted to make some extra money.”

The city’s proposal will not be fully decided on until Monday, October 16. While many current and future rideshare drivers await their fate, taxi companies continue to support the ordinance.

 

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Clara became a member of The Flightline in August of 2017. She is a junior this year involved in show choir and Student Council at Skutt Catholic. Outside of school she blogs (claratyblog.wordpress.com) and sings non-stop. You can email her at [email protected]

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