More Concerns on CORI checks and UBER Drivers

More concerns are being raised about the UBER drivers and criminal background and driving record checks performed by UBER prior to putting a driver on the road.  An off-duty UBER driver, was accused of dragging two Boston police officers during a traffic stop last weekend.  He was found  has a long driving and criminal record.   The UBER driver is Bryant Gilbert, who is 45 years old.  He was accused of putting his car in gear during a Mattapan traffic stop on Sunday and dragging two police officers for about 100 yards before the car crashed.

Despite a long history of driving offenses, Uber confirmed that Gilbert had worked as a driver for the ride service in the months before Sunday’s incident.  Clearly, he was not working as an Uber driver on Sunday when the incident occurred with the police.  However, though he drove for UBER for only a short period of time, he was a driver for UBER.

It was reported in the news that according to records from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Gilbert has received more than 20 traffic citations, including several license suspensions, since 1994. In one year, he was found to be at fault in crashes in Dorchester and Roslindale, and had road violations in Quincy, Dorchester, Seekonk and Bridgewater.

Gilbert was also in federal prison from 2005 to 2014 on a drug conviction.  UBER claims they are including new technology and enhancements and regular audits on their processes.  They state that they require the would-be drivers to provide detailed information, including their full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, a copy of their driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, insurance and proof of a completed vehicle inspection. The information is used for background checks, the company said.

According to screening parameters provided by UBER representatives,  anyone seeking to be an Uber driver would be disqualified if, in the past seven years, he or she has convictions of DUI or other drug-related driving charges; reckless driving; hit-and-run; violent crimes, including assault, battery and homicide; acts of terror; sexual offenses; a crime involving property damage; felony or misdemeanor theft, including burglary, stealing or robbery; fatal accidents; resisting or evading arrest; or any other felony.

According to Uber, candidates will be disqualified if they are found to have, in the past three years in the state in which they are applying to drive, violations for driving on a suspended, revoked or invalid license or driving with suspended, revoked or invalid insurance on their records.

Gilbert was ordered held on $50,000 bail Monday after pleading not guilty to assault and battery, drug and other charges in connection with Sunday’s incident. Police said a large sum of money and what was believed to be marijuana were found during Gilbert’s booking process.

The police officers were not seriously injured.  The question is if UBER is doing CORI checks, how is this getting by UBER.