- January 19, 2016

Austin Mayor Wants Fingerprint Badges For Rideshare Drivers


Austin Mayor Steve Adler plans to propose a new set of incentives to resolve the standoff over fingerprinting drivers for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.

Adler is proposing a voluntary fingerprinting regime to replace the mandatory one passed by the Austin City Council last month, set to take effect next month. Under Adler’s plan, drivers would volunteer to go through a fingerprint check or other safety screenings done by a third party. The driver could then display a badge or icon within the ride-hailing app to show they have passed.