Uber Consultant Rudy Giuliani Gives Uber A Big Thumbs Up On Background Checks

Republican presidential hopeful former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani gives a thumbs up to supporters at Florida International University in Miami, Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Rudy Giuliani wants you to know that Uber doesn’t just have adequate background checks — they are “setting the safety standard in the ride-sourcing industry.”

That’s what the former New York City mayor wrote in a blog post for the company Wednesday, which comes amid a heated dispute between Uber and the taxi industry that has devolved into both sides trading, among other things, sexual assault allegations. Giuliani’s firm was hired earlier this year by Uber to help improve background checks for the company’s drivers.

“Four months ago, Giuliani Partners embarked on an independent strategic review of Uber’s driver background check (“BGC”) process,” Giuliani wrote in the blog post that identified him as “MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI.” “Today, I would like to update you on our progress.”

A fuller report is forthcoming, but Giuliani made clear that Uber’s background checks had been able “to create a sound safety environment… blazing new ground in a quickly-evolving industry.” He even found room to take an implicit shot at the company’s taxi rivals.

“Fundamentally, the Uber domestic driver BGC process is sound and we believe represents a substantial improvement over the existing safety standards in the personal hire transportation world,” he wrote.

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