By: Sara Cabrerizo
A coalition of associations are suing Uber in the Bay Area. The lawsuit filled last Tuesday, exposes the transportation company for not having enough wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV). Melissa Reiss, staff Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and lead of the lawsuit, explains that 80% of the time there are no WAV cars available on San Francisco and Alameda County and if there are, they will take a waiting time 14 times longer than a Uber X.
“Uber service is discriminating people with disabilities”, states Judith Smith, founder of Axis Dance Company, one of the plaintiffs of the lawsuit. She explains to State of Events the importance of an uber service accessible for everyone, since people with disabilities do not have a lot of other options apart from driving, since Muni and Bart are not accessible in a lot of points.
Similar lawsuits are being filled all over the US, in cities like Chicago, New York or Washington DC.