People commute in taxis and buses in Beirut, Lebanon June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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The revelation that the suspected killer of British Embassy employee Rebecca Dykes had a criminal record has raised the question of how he was able to obtain a Lebanese taxi license.President of the Lebanese Taxi Syndicate Charles Abou Harb confirmed that Lebanese regulations stipulate that taxi licenses only be awarded to those with a clean criminal record, issued within a month.When signing up to be an independent contractor with Uber – its drivers are technically not employees – prospective chauffeurs are required to submit a copy of their taxi license along with a clean criminal record valid within a month, according to Uber's local policy.When The Daily Star asked a current Uber driver Monday evening about the process, he said he had been required to submit all documents to the company. Requesting anonymity, he added that having a clean criminal record was also required to obtain a taxi license.
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