Pasco police chief concerned about the identity of potential Uber drivers
The city of Pasco has still not approved Uber in city limits.
The ride-hailing app has been approved in Kennewick, Richland and West Richland, but Pasco’s police chief is concerned about the identity of drivers.
Uber makes drivers pass a background check, looking through criminal and driving history over the past seven years.
Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger wants to require fingerprinting as well.
“I, as the Police Chief, want people when they’re getting into a car to know the person they’re getting in with is who they say they are. From a public safety concern, that’s my issue,” said Chief Metzger.
Metzger said with such a high rate of identity theft, a potential Uber driver could use someone else’s name to register.
“To properly identify somebody the best way, in my view as the public safety official for the city of Pasco, is with fingerprints,” said Metzger.
Uber has said they will not enter cities where fingerprinting is a requirement.