Uber announced Thursday they will allow the hiring of drivers with "non-violent, low-level offenses."
Representatives with the company said they will change their pre-screening process in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The new rules will allow those with certain misdemeanors to be drivers for Uber. The changes will go into place starting early next year.
The company is calling these changes their fair chance pledge. The expansion into Connecticut and Rhode Island comes after Uber announced at the beginning of this year in California.
"Uber is proud to give drivers in California with non-violent, low-level offenses a chance to get work and rebuild their lives. We’ll soon be expanding that opportunity to people in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Millions of Americans have served their time and want to earn an honest living. To break the cycle of recidivism, we need to give them a second chance. #FairChancePledge," Uber said in a statement on social media on Thursday.
Applicants will not be disqualified for the following minor offenses:
People with sexual, violent, or driving-related records will still be ineligible for hire. Felonies also automatically disqualify applicants.
The company also announced that they will refer disqualified drivers to reentry programs for training and job placement assistance.
Students are big users of Uber on the University of Connecticut campus. Students said its their weekend transportation.
"Should be a lot stricter," UConn student Gregory Nicholson said. "It's already lenient the way it is so it should be stricter."
UConn students said they were more concerned with safety.
"You are getting into a car with a stranger," UConn sophomore Dana Ceva said. "I feel they should be strict with the rules...instead of weakening them."
Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.