NYC Lawmakers want Uber, Lyft to ID drivers accused of crimes

Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft should be legally required to tell the NYPD when one of their drivers is accused of a crime against a passenger, city lawmakers are demanding.

The move would lift a veil of secrecy that legislators say compromises public safety.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) plans to introduce a new bill that would force ride-share companies to not only tell the city and cops when one of their drivers breaks the law, but also increase penalties against companies that refuse to hand over information on those drivers.

“Serious criminal allegations against For-Hire Vehicle drivers in the City should be reported to the NYPD immediately for investigation,” said Rodriguez, who helms the City Council’s transportation committee. He plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday.