Uber has announced that it will run criminal background and driver history checks every year for all of its drivers. Among the companys new safety initiatives are its commitment to ramp up driver screening, the Trusted Contacts ride-detail sharing and 911 access from the Uber app. Uber reassured its clients in a statement that drivers already must pass criminal and driver history checks, but now those checks will be rerun annually. Uber paid $10 million to settle a lawsuit involving driver background checks in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2016 and in 2014, San Francisco district attorney George Gascon and Los Angeles district attorney Jackie Lacey claimed the companys screening procedure missed criminal records for 25 Uber applicants in the two cities because they only cover the seven preceding years. The screening process also ignored a database of about 30,000 registered sex offenders, according to the lawsuit.