Uber and Lyft escape fingerprint requirements in California
06 October 2017 13:18 GMT

Drivers for Lyft and Uber Technologies won't have to submit their fingerprints to the state under proposed new regulations in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday night.

The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates ride-hailing companies, is instead asking for proof of annual background checks, which both companies already do.

Both Uber and Lyft are vehemently opposed to fingerprint requirements, and briefly abandoned Austin, Texas, over the issue.

While taxi drivers in California must submit fingerprints, Uber and Lyft claim the requirement would be discriminatory and too onerous for their drivers.

After studying the issue, the CPUC concluded "doing so would not add a greater level of safety," the agency told the Chronicle. The CPUC proposal would maintain current requirements banning drivers who are registered sex offenders or have been convicted of violent crimes or DUI.