Last updated: 05:00 PM ET, Thu March 31 2016

Atlanta Airport Officials Want to Regulate Ride-Hailing Services

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | March 31, 2016

Atlanta Airport Officials Want to Regulate Ride-Hailing Services

PHOTO: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Atlanta City Council’s transportation committee will make a determination on a new set of rules regulating ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

According to, officials at the world's busiest airport—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—are requesting that drivers employed by ride-hailing services operating at the facility undergo criminal background checks.

The background checks would use the method preferred by many law enforcement experts, which is based on fingerprints. Uber has already responded to the requests by objecting to the idea of fingerprinting its drivers, claiming that the current system of background checks is acceptable.

Uber claims fingerprinting every driver would be an inconvenience.

In addition, some of the other regulations being proposed by the airport include fees the airport would receive from the ride-hailing services, specific times drivers can pick up passengers and where drivers will be able to make their pickups moving forward.

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