On Monday February 22, 2016, the Boston Police Department began the process of fingerprinting all taxicab drivers licensed to operate in the City of Boston. This program is intended to ensure the highest standards of safety for the traveling public. The Boston Police Hackney Carriage Unit, which licenses all taxicabs in Boston, will now have another investigative resource at their disposal to allow them to conduct even more thorough background checks.
There are currently over 6,000 active licensees that will undergo the fingerprinting process. Drivers will be required to submit to fingerprinting as part of their annual renewal process.
Commissioner Evans applauded the program stating, “The cab drivers in this city are hardworking men and women who welcomed this new safety requirement. When the citizens of Boston get into cab, they trust that operator to get them to their destination safely every single time. Fingerprinting is another step we can take as a police department to help make sure that happens.”