San Francisco issues subpoenas for Uber, Lyft driver records
Jun 06 2017 by Johnny Bowman
The report examines city data and interviews Chicago's owners and taxi drivers who have seen revenue in their industry dry up because of competition from ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft.
But she also provided an official response from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration listing steps the city already has taken to reduce taxi regulations and costs, even as it has opened up the market to the ride-hailing industry. No Uber Oakland' campaign seeks to keep Uber out of cityIn a statement, that office made clear: "The city attorney aims to ensure that the two companies' estimated 45,000 vehicles in San Francisco comply with local and state laws".
Herrera sued Uber last month to compel the company to comply with a subpoena for drivers' names and addresses.
The city is taking the unusual approach of investigating whether Uber and Lyft are a public nuisance. These extensive records consist of information on hours and miles the drivers logged, driver incentives, traffic violations and city zip codes the drivers visited. According to the authorities, the cars driving for Uber and Lyft often jam the streets, as well as invade bicycle lanes and double-park while they wait for their passengers, according to the city.
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"In San Francisco, almost 30% of rides take place in underserved neighbourhoods and 20% of Lyft rides begin or end at a public transit station", Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Harrison said in a statement.
Uber pointed to a report by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency which says it has the goal of making ride-sharing one of the "preferred means of travel" by 2018.
The commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the request for documentation, the subpoenas are also related to certain neighborhoods that may be underserved.