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Debating stringent background checks of Uber/Lyft drivers at LAX




A Lyft Car with a pink mustache sticker. Lyft and Uber could soon be welcome to do business at LAX
A Lyft Car with a pink mustache sticker. Lyft and Uber could soon be welcome to do business at LAX
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Yesterday, a Los Angeles Council Committee discussed ridesharing access at LAX.

Lawmakers reviewed an action by the Board of Airport Commissioners to approve a Non-Exclusive License Agreement for Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft to begin operating at Los Angeles International Airport.

This follows news last month that some ride-sharing drivers have felony conviction records. Michele Hanisee, Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, says as with taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers should be subjected to fingerprint-based background checks through the Department of Justice and screening of DMV records.

Should Uber and Lyft be able to pick up passengers at LAX? The city's Airport Commission has already given its blessing to the companies and Mayor Eric Garcetti is also a proponent.

Guests:

Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 11th District including large swaths of West LA; Bonin voted in support of a policy giving ride-sharing vehicles LAX access

Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 2nd District including the east San Fernando Valley; Krekorian voted against a policy giving ride-sharing vehicles LAX access