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Thursday, September 25, 2014

S.F. District Attorney Threatens Rideshare Companies With Legal Action

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón fired off letters to several ridesharing companies this week of their "illegal practices," warning of impending legal action if they don't quickly make changes to their current platforms.

A joint investigation between the San Francisco and Los Angeles District Attorneys revealed that the rideshare companies, including Sidecar, are misrepresenting the frequency of background checks they perform on drivers and illegally allowing customers to split payments on individually calculated fares.

"We strongly disagree with the assertion by San Francisco and Los Angeles County District Attorney Office's that connecting people for Sidecar Shared Rides is illegal,” a spokesperson for Sidecar said. “The District Attorneys are trying to enforce laws written for limousines, in an era before smartphones. Sidecar will continue to operate and expand Shared Rides."

As reported by the Chronicle, Uber and Lyft also received letters from the district attorneys, which requested the companies remove all language that implies that the criminal background reports on drivers stretch beyond a seven-year period.

Furthermore, the district attorneys requested that the companies remove the “shared ride” features on mobile apps.

The companies are expected to meet with the district attorneys offices before Oct. 8.

Below is a copy of the letter:

PDF LA_DA_to_Sidecar

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