Rider Security in Hired Cars Compared, Discussed

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Explorer Geri reports her findings comparing the background checks of taxi drivers vs. app company drivers.

She found that taxi companies conduct fingerprint criminal background checks, whereas app companies do not. This left a question in her mind as to why the app companies do not check driver backgrounds more thoroughly.

Asking people what they think of the situation, she found some people who think cabs are safer and others who do not. She tells the group that she really would like to have more primary source interviews with people in the companies to get to the bottom of the issue.

Other members question whether there are differences in licensing requirements. Another member finds that the convenience and lower cost of the app companies trumps his concern about safety and security with the drivers. He says that from his experience with cabs in New York and other places in the world where the ride can be rough, he personally feels safer with an Uber or Lyft driver.

Members like the fact that the app companies send a picture of your driver and car ahead.

At the end of the discussion, the group saw pros and cons to either side, so whether to take a cab or an app service for safety seems to remain a matter of personal preference.

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