Uber Threatens To Pull Out Of Portsmouth If Ordinance Goes Through

Mar 17, 2015

Officials with the ride-sharing service Uber say they’ll pull out of Portsmouth if a proposed ordinance requiring background checks for its drivers goes through.

Seacoast Online reports the city council voted Monday night to delay action on the ordinance, following a public hearing.

It would require Uber’s drivers to undergo criminal background checks overseen by local police and have proof of insurance, similar to the city’s taxi drivers.

City officials say it’s a way to ensure the safety of passengers.

A spokesman for Uber says the company performs its own background checks on all its drivers.

The company is also hesitant to share its list of drivers.

Uber uses an app to connect third-party drivers and passengers.

It also has drivers operating in Manchester and Nashua.