CHICAGO (CBS) — Rideshare drivers in Chicago are demanding Uber and Lyft take immediate action to protect them.
Members of the Independent Drivers Guild gathered at O’Hare International Airport for a rally Friday morning, and planned to caravan to the Uber hub near North and Elston Avenues.READ MORE: At Least 24 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
The drivers said they want protection against carjackers and violence from passengers.
The drivers’ demands include passenger background checks, a panic button for drivers, special victim crime insurance, and a passenger verification process linking credit card information with a selfie taken by the passenger.READ MORE: MISSING: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park, May Need Serious Medical Attention
The Independent Drivers Guild said police could use a passenger’s photo to investigate if a crime is committed.
A Lyft spokesperson said the company is working closely with law enforcement to help keep drivers safe, and it appreciates the Drivers Guild’s proposals, and looks forward to working together on the issues.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
Uber did not immediately respond to requests for comment.