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Equal access at issue in PUC battle with Uber over data disclosure

Equal access at issue in PUC battle with Uber over data disclosure

Uber likes to say it is the great equalizer when it comes to transportation: Anyone with a smartphone can use the app to hail a ride quickly and affordably. The state of California wants Uber to prove it, particularly the "anyone" part. Blind people? People in wheelchairs? People who want a ride to a bad neighborhood, or out of one? By law, taxi companies are required to serve those customers and can't pick and choose who gets rides, a practice known as redlining. Now ride-hailing is under the same scrutiny. Uber may contend that it offers a better alternative than taxi companies, but at least where the state is concerned, they are increasingly becoming one and the same....

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