Cabbies Keep Heat on Ride Shares

Cab Drivers in San Antonio say it’s time to fingerprint and run a background check on all Uber and Lyft drivers.

They claim it’s about public safety.

“They say ‘oh, we have a third party background check,’ that’s been proven to be flawed,” cab spokesman Robert Gonzales told KTSA News.

He said cab drivers have been checked and rechecked for years, without complaint, but the rules, set up by the city council, for rideshare drivers just aren’t fair.

“I’ve been in the business since 1980, I know what it is to have an industry with criminals in it, it causes havoc to the community,” he said. “We will not compromise public safety.”

And then Gonzales mentioned this accusation: “Right now, the police department (in San Antonio) is investigating some sexual assaults,” and he said those investigations involve Uber drivers.

KTSA News could not confirm this with the San Antonio Police Department.

Gonzales and his fellow taxi drivers pointed the finger at Mayor Ivy Taylor and Councilmen Roberto Trevino, Alan Warrick, Rey Saldana, Joe Krier, and Ron Nirenberg for supporting the current regulations.

“The real public safety issue is that we lack transportation choices for people in San Antonio,” Councilman Nirenberg said, in a statement to KTSA. “Since Uber and Lyft have been operating in San Antonio, our drunk driving numbers have decreased dramatically.”

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