A new state background check for infractions that range from license suspensions to violent crimes has affected more than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers throughout Massachusetts. The state reviewed the criminal and driving records of drivers and disqualified hundreds for having serious crimes on their record, while others were disqualified for less serious issues.

If you are an Uber or Lyft driver in Massachusetts and have been affected by the new state background check for an RMV issue or driving violation other than a serious crime, you may contact our law office to speak with an attorney to learn your options.

Thousands of current Uber, Lyft drivers fail new background checks

By Adam Vaccaro and Dan Adams | Boston Globe

More than 8,000 drivers for ride-hailing companies including Uber and Lyft have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new state background check process.

The most common reason for rejections was related to driver’s license status: many had suspended licenses or had not been driving long enough to qualify for the ride-hailing services.

But state-released statistics revealed that hundreds of drivers were rejected for having serious crimes on their record, including violent or sexual offenses, and others for driving-related offenses, such as drunk driving or reckless driving. [read entire article]