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Uber is unwelcome in the wild, wild west.
At Some Point after the city of Portland filed a lawsuit towards Uber, two main cities down the coast — San Francisco and la — have taken their own shots at the embattled ridesharing company.
The District Attorneys of SF and LA made a joint announcement Tuesday, launching matching lawsuits that accuse The Company of “flagrant and unlawful trade practices,” together with including unnecessary fees and making false statements about its history tests for drivers.
Riders have “a false feel of security when identifying whether to get into a stranger’s automobile,” said San Francisco District Legal Professional George Gascon, slamming The Corporate for claiming to have the “most secure rides on the road” and again and again pointing out they’re safer than taxis.
However while Uber boasted of “industry-top” background tests that go “above and past” what is legally required in each city, it would not even fingerprint its drivers to substantiate their identity in those tests, the suit says — whereas taxi firms are required to do so.
The suit additionally filed Tuesday objectives Uber’s “misleading” airport pickup price of $ 4.00, and the $ 1 “safe rides” price delivered to UberX journeys. It says Uber drivers have made more than One Hundred,000 unauthorized trips to airports in the last four years.
The DAs also had Uber rival Lyft in their points of interest — However Lyft settled a equivalent set of issues on the remaining minute, paying fines of $ 500,000. An Uber spokesperson was once defiant, announcing The Corporate would continue to talk to the DAs, But that it was once also “an imperative, safe, and centered a part of the transportation ecosystem in the Golden State.”
It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Uber, which is now also banned in Spain, Thailand and Rio de Janeiro, in addition to Delhi, for in a similar way ignoring local regulations. The Company has also suspended operations in Nevada after prison troubles there.
And all this came after The Corporate pledged to become “extra humble” within the wake of revelations that it had proposed spying on critical journalists and that employees have been able to access Ride information via its “God view.”