The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW) believes that ride hailing services, like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, have a responsibility to address safety concerns of women and other vulnerable populations following numerous reports of sexual and physical violence in the Boston-area.

“While we understand no background check process is perfect, we believe that utilizing the most rigorous screening methods available like fingerprinting or other identification measures for drivers is one important step to ensure passenger safety. We hope to see ride hailing services be proactive in adopting this measure and developing other mechanisms to protect their riders,” said Katie Prisco-Buxbaum, Vice President of Communications for Mass NOW.