The California Public Utilities Commission has denied a request by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and two City Council members to launch a pilot fingerprint background check for Uber and Lyft drivers.
In a letter dated March 22, addressed to Garcetti and City Council members Paul Krekorian and Herb Wesson, CPUC Commissioner Liane Randolph said she was planning to issue a ruling asking a series of questions about the use of fingerprint background checks for ride-service drivers.
"While I appreciate the City of Los Angeles's innovation in setting out the framework for a pilot, I would prefer to consider statewide options before launching a city-specific program," she wrote.
The CPUC is currently considering whether to require fingerprint background checks, as part of its ongoing proceedings to regulate ride services.
Randolph said she hoped the CPUC would be able to provide direction on the issue "by fall of this year."