Uber: Who’s driving you?

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP File Photo/Ted S. Warren)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Austin expands, residents have turned to ridesharing apps to fill their transportation needs despite an official ban. In light of recent accusations of safety concerns against Uber drivers, KXAN decided to investigate whose car you’re getting into when you decided to take an Uber ride.

Background checks

According to Lauren Altmin, a spokesperson for Uber, all Uber drivers are screened against:

  • County courthouse records going back seven years
  • Federal courthouse records going back seven years
  • National sex offender registry screen
  • Social Security trace for their lifetime
  • Motor vehicle records, past and ongoing

In order for potential drivers to pass the screening process, they must not have:

  • Convictions for violent crimes, sexual offenses or felonies in the past seven years
  • Convictions of theft or property damage in the past seven years
  • Drug or DUI charges in the past seven years
  • Severe driving violations on their record such as hit-and-run, driving over 100 m.p.h., driving on a suspended or revoked license or driving on the wrong side of a divided highway
  • Driving without insurance or suspended license charge in the past three years


Uber recently expanded their insurance policy to cover every ridesharing trip on the Uber platform throughout the U.S. According to Uber’s website:

This is an excess liability policy – which means that it supplements a driver’s personal auto insurance, up to $1 million per incident. However, a key feature of this policy is that it also drops down to become primary coverage in the event that a driver’s personal auto insurance is found not to apply. In those cases, this policy covers from the first dollar.

Uber generates about 20,000 new driver jobs every month. Visit Uber’s Austin blog to learn more about the ridesharing app’s initiatives in this city.

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