Wheelchair Accessibility

A federal court in Washington denied Uber’s motion to dismiss claims that the company discriminates against disabled individuals because its wheelchair accessible services are less reliable, have higher fares and longer wait times than its non-wheelchair accessible rides. The court ruled the Equal Rights Center has associational standing to bring the complaint on behalf of its members and has plausibly stated discrimination claims.

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Rideshare for Kids

An appeals court in California ruled in favor of Zum drivers who claim the company, an app that allows customers to schedule rides for children, misclassified them as independent contractors. The trial court compelled the case to arbitration but the drivers filed their claims under the Private Attorneys General Act, so they cannot be compelled into arbitration.

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Study Ties Rise in Car Ownership to Entrance of Ride-Hail Services in Cities

If people can just hail a ride from a five-star Lyft or Uber driver at a moment’s notice, will they even bother owning cars? According to research published in the journal iScience on Wednesday, the answer is yes: vehicle ownership actually increased across cities alongside the arrival of ride-hail services.

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Ride-Sharing

The Arizona Supreme Court upheld Phoenix’s ordinance imposing trip fees on commercial ground transportation providers like Uber and Lyft who take passengers to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, finding the ordinance is constitutional because paying fees to use airport property for commercial purposes is not transaction-based.

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