HOUSTON – The relationship between the favored experience-sharing service Uber and the city of Houston has all the time been considerably contentious.
“I hope Uber is going to continue to operate in this city. We want them to continue to operate in this city,” Mayor Sylvester Turner stated.
The main sticking level stays the requirement in Houston that potential Uber drivers submit their fingerprints for an FBI background verify.
Uber reluctantly abides by the rule however continues to ask the mayor to re-consider the necessity for such fingerprinting.
“The FBI fingerprinting database is widely reported to be inaccurate the majority of the time. We do have a fundamental disagreement on how to keep people safe,” stated Trevor Theunissen, Uber public affairs lead for Texas.
Theunissen stopped brief of saying Uber would go away the market if Turner doesn’t change his stance.
“Half the people who are coming to be drivers for Uber have some form of criminal record — one-half the people applying,” Turner stated, referring to Houston-based applicants.
Theunissen disputed the determine and stated that Turner had shared no such info with Uber.
The journey-sharing behemoth is at present targeted on serving to push by means of statewide laws that may override Turner’s screening necessities.
“We would continue to work with Mayor Turner, but our hope is that a statewide bill will pass this session so that we can stay in Houston,” Theunissen stated.
Three payments launched within the Texas Legislature this session purpose to strip city authorities’s potential to manage Uber.
“If the state bills go through, it’s like you’re getting in one of these vehicles and you’re hoping and praying that the companies would have undergone a thorough background check,” Turner stated.
Turner stated that he’s additionally involved that the laws doesn’t adequately handle the wants of handicap riders, requiring journey sharing corporations to satisfy sure accessibility necessities, as Houston requires.
“We will continue to service our customers with disability, just like we have. That won’t stop,” Theunissen stated.
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