SF issues subpoenas to Uber, Lfyt demanding transparency of business practices

A bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday moves up the activation date of a law making it possible for mobile phone app-based taxi services to begin operating by almost two weeks.

Fresh on the heels of another investigation into whether the services really alleviate traffic or not (they probably don't), Reutersreports that the city's subpoenas seek four years of records on the San Francisco-based companies.

Cuomo signed the measure without comment.

Smaller operators who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their medallions are increasingly facing foreclosure on the loans they took out to finance those purchases, according to a study the union released Monday as it advocated for further change.

In a statement, Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang (AL'-ihks AN'-fang) says the company "can't wait" to begin picking up passengers in communities throughout the state.

"No one disputes the convenience of the ride-hailing industry, but that convenience evaporates when you're stuck in traffic behind a double-parked Uber or Lyft, or when you can't get a ride because the vehicle isn't accessible to someone with a disability or because the algorithm disfavors the neighborhood where you live", Herrera said.

The ride-hailing apps had been limited to the New York City area until lawmakers voted earlier this year to allow them to expand later this summer.

As the taxi industry remains in a state of rideshare-fueled disruption, the union that represents cab drivers is painting a particularly dire picture of the business landscape, offering a new report that shows almost half of all Chicago's cabs inactive, foreclosures on the rise and incomes plummeting for taxi drivers. It also set minimum insurance requirements for the companies. The two firms have 15 days to turn over the requested records, or they will be subject to penalties handed down by local courts, to be decided at a later date. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, Erie County, and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston.

  • Leroy Wright