July 27, 2017

Uber war: SF agencies increasingly in conflict with ride-hail giant

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An Uber car is seen in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner) So many San Francisco government entities are tussling with Uber right now, it’s a wonder City Hall’s basement eatery, the Mint Cafe, doesn’t also have a grievance with the company.

Two San Francisco transportation agencies filed legal missives Monday arguing Uber’s lax criminal background checks allow “sexual predators” to drive for the company, while Uber itself on Monday filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office to contest the release of Uber drivers’ addresses as public record when they file for business licenses.

Additionally, Supervisor Ahsha Safai has requested the City Attorney’s Office explore litigation to reveal Uber’s impact on traffic congestion. And San Francisco business interests asked for help to curtail the ride-hail company’s traffic impacts, the San Francisco Examiner has previously reported.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority is also drafting a “white paper” on ride-hails to mitigate their impact on traffic congestion, at the behest of Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Uber’s conflicts with The City are no surprise to Ed Reiskin, director of transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“I’ve been seeing this pattern for many years now,” Reiskin said. […]

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