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Uber, Lyft are safer than cabs

Uber, Lyft are safer than cabs

The recent op-ed by a taxicab lobbyist on why he believes Uber drivers should be fingerprinted was erroneous and misleading ("Md. Uber and Lyft drivers should be fingerprinted," Dec. 20). First, he points to several anecdotes of violent crimes committed by people who happen to be Uber drivers (although the crimes were not committed while using the service or against Uber passengers), even though similar crimes have been committed by cab drivers. Second, he ignores the fact that the technology used by Uber adds to the safety of the service far more than any government regulation could.

Uber records the details of every ride, including the identities of the driver and...