Have you ever gotten into a taxi and suddenly wondered, “Is this driver an okay person?” It’s a strange situation to be in – you need to go somewhere, but you’re suddenly realizing that you’ve gotten into a vehicle with an individual about whom you know nothing.
In Santa Monica, CA, steps are being taken to remedy that fear. Namely, making certain all cabbies have been properly background checked before they can get behind the wheel of a taxi.
The new law that recently passed states that the Santa Monica City Hall has the right to background check taxi cab drivers for the protection of riders.
Though some taxi cab franchise owners from Santa Monica feel that the move is invasive, City Hall is sticking to its guns. In their defense, they cite the reality that knowledge is power… and the more they know about cabbies, the better chance they have to avoid problems in the future.