San Francisco subpoenas records on Uber, Lyft driving practices

Fare began operating in Austin shortly after Uber and Lyft left in the wake of Proposition 1 in May 2016, and was one of the three major ride-hailing services during their absence.

Herrera said the subpoenas sought four years of records from the companies, which are based in San Francisco and have an estimated 45,000 total drivers in the city.

This court order means San Francisco and Uber will enter another legal battle, given that they are already in a fight over San Francisco's requests for drivers' names and addresses.

"It's official-our state leaders have delivered for New Yorkers and Uber is proud to announce we will launch ridesharing on June 29-in time for July 4th weekend", a statement from an Uber spokesperson said.

Dennis Herrera said he wanted to ensure they were complying with local laws on safety, accessibility and not creating "a public nuisance". An influx of cars driving for the two companies often clog San Francisco streets and block bicycle lanes and double-park while they wait for passengers, according to the city.

Such concerns reflect how large the two companies have grown in their hometown. Lyft was reviewing the subpoena and said, "We also have a track record of working with policy makers who regulate us".

Herrera says he is concerned about long distance Uber and Lyft drivers who commute from as far away as Southern California to work in San Francisco.

Uber, Lyft and the CPUC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Cab Drivers United AFSCME Council 31 released a report showing that 774 taxi medallions - required to operate a cab - have been given back to the city as owners have been unable to pay the taxes and license fees associated with it.

  • Zachary Reyes