After a long, difficult fight in Massachusetts, along with Uber and Lyft threatening to leave as they did in Austin, new background check laws for ride-sharing have been introduced. First step? Background checks for all existing rideshare drivers in the state.
Of course, that's where we find out why Uber and Lyft threatened to leave, and why they left Austin: New Background checks fail more than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers that previously passed their background checks.
Further interesting bits - 51 rejected applications from registered Sex offenders, that with the companies system had already been passed, more than 300 rejected(again, who had all already been passed by Uber and Lyft) for crimes related to “Sex, Abuse, and Exploitation.” And, weirdly, a huge portion of that 8,000+, the majority in fact, were rejected for driving offenses, suspension of license, or hadn't been driving long enough to qualify - all things that both Uber and Lyft claim that they check for, and are things that fall within the seven-year period that their background checks are allowed to search.