Reports, Letters and Lawsuits

Communications from public officials criticizing 'ridesharing'

May, 2017- Testimony by San Francisco International Airport and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency before the California Public Utilities Commission recommending Uber and Lyft drivers undergo the same fingerprint-based criminal background checks conducted by law enforcement as taxicab drivers.

September 20, 2016– Report: “A Blueprint for Uber, Lyft and Taxi Regulation” by Bruce Schaller recommends requiring fingerprint-based criminal background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers because it’s the best practice.

August 13, 2016– Report analyzing the negative impacts the proliferation of Transportation Network Companies have had on people with disabilities, underserved communities, the environment, traffic congestion and “sharing-economy” workers.

June, 2016— National Employment Law Project report states there’s no proof that databases used by private screeners are more accurate than the FBI, and that fairness to workers would provide them an opportunity to challenge screening inaccuracies.

June 13, 2016– White paper issued by the International Biometrics and Identity  Association urging Uber and Lyft to implement fingerprint-based criminal background checks.

March 16, 2016 — Letter to California Public Utilities Commissioner Liane Randolph from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., and Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee Chair Paul Krekorian urging the initiation of a pilot program to fingerprint TNC and TCP drivers

January 13, 2016 — Letter from the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association supporting the addition of fingerprint background checks to Massachusetts House Bill 3351.

December 22, 2015–Letter from Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Massachusetts Major City Chiefs to Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services supporting government administered fingerprint-based background checks to drive for transportation network companies

October 15, 2015–Letter from Mayor of Houston Annise D. Parker’s Chief of Staff, Christopher Newport, to Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen regarding TNC licensing standards, including fingerprint-based FBI background checks

October 8, 2015— Lawsuit brought by Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 against Uber Technologies, Inc., alleges that Uber’s “negligence,” “fraud” and “misleading statements” led to the sexual assaults of the two women listed in the complaint. In addition to seeking unspecified damages, the suit is requesting a jury trial and a permanent injunction against Uber to overhaul its safety measures.

August 18, 2015— Lawsuit brought by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Behalf of the People of California Against Uber Technologies, Inc. and subsidiaries, regarding Untrue and Misleading Representations and Unlawful and Fraudulent Business Practices

July 28, 2015 — Letter from Ret. Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Dept. Homeland Security Alonzo “Al” Peña to Mayor Ivy Taylor and Members of the City Council of San Antonio regarding fingerprint-based background checks

June 22, 2015—  Complaint from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) against Uber’s Collection of Personal Contact Information and Detailed Location Data of American Consumers

May 23, 2015 — Criminal Background Checks for Taxicab, For-Hire, and Transportation Network Company (TNC) Drivers

April 15, 2015 — City of Houston: “[TNC] Background Checks are Incomplete.”

March 9, 2015 — Congress Letter to TNCs: Adopt Comprehensive Fingerprint Background Checks

September 24, 2014 — District Attorneys Threaten Action Against Sidecar For Unlawful Business Practices

March 25, 2014 — What’s included in the fine print of terms and conditions with “ridesharing” companies may shock passengers.

February 17, 2014 — Executive of ridesharing service Carma sends letter to Houston mayor describing how uberX, Lyft and Sidecar are creating more congestion, not less.