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Rideshare Bill Demands Driver Background Checks

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015    

A new bill introduced into the California legislature would require background checks and drug testing for all rideshare drivers such as those with Uber and Lyft, according to reports. Introduced by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, Assembly Bill 24 would alert ridesharing companies when a driver is arrested for DUI or other convictions and would require drivers to undergo a fingerprint background check with the California Department of Justice. Drivers would also be required to submit to drug testing after an accident as well as randomly.

A nearly identical bill was defeated last year during a policy committee meeting. That bill was sponsored by the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California, a taxi lobby group. Taxi services are critical of ridesharing, claiming that these companies are providing a service without being regulated the way cab companies are.

Can Someone Force Me To Have A Drug Test?

Random drug testing for the public in general is not permitted under the Constitution. However, there are a large number of cases in which someone must submit to drug testing or face serious consequences.

One situation in which drug testing is involuntary is after an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. California drivers agree to drug testing when they register for a driver’s license under the state’s implied consent law.

Another possible situation in which drug testing might be conducted is at work. Many employers require employees to submit to random drug testing or face disciplinary action or dismissal.

What Happens To The Results of a Drug Test?

The results of a drug test may lead to an arrest if there is also suspicion of co-occurring illegal activity. For example, if you are accused of driving under the influence, your drug test results may be used to support an arrest. These results may also be used to support an arrest for illegal behavior on the job if there is a reason to suspect that your drug use and your alleged illegal behavior are related.

If you have arrested or given a drug test whose results may be used against you, it is important to seek professional legal help. The criminal defense attorneys at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento are ready to work with you to ensure that your rights are protected to the fullest extent possible. Contact us today for an initial consultation about your case.

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