HOUSTON, TX – Anyone ride with Uber lately? Are you about to? You might want to listen up. There seems to be a growing nationwide trend with the ride share service accidentally hiring drivers with criminal records.
Remember last April when Houston Uber driver and ex-con Duncan Eric Burton gave a drunken girl a ride home and allegedly raped her. That’s when Mayor Annise Parker gave Uber an ultimatum. Just like taxi cabs, under City of Houston ordinance 2014-754, each driver must apply for a license with the city, be fingerprinted and pass a city-specified background check. So, with banishment looming, Uber complied. The city of Houston tells NewsFix, “as a result, we have seen a significant drop in unlicensed Uber drivers operating in the city and a general increase in compliance over all.”
In Sarasota, Florida, city commissioners are actually deregulating Ubers and taxis. Which means more incidents, just like the one in April, could possibly happen again.
As for Houston, at this point, we catch a ride with Uber right into the sunset.