Attorney for Sofia Liu family attacks new rules for app-based ride services

By sfexaminer – excerpt

The attorney for the family of 6-year-old Sofia Liu, who was fatally struck by an Uber driver on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, expressed strong opposition Wednesday to newly amended rules for such app-based ride services, calling for a rejection of the proposed decision.

The California Public Utilities Commission previously recommended that Uber, Lyft and similar services have $1 million in coverage during the times when their apps are in operation. On Tuesday, however, Commissioner Michael Peevey cut the required coverage by 90 percent to $100,000.

Liu family attorney Christopher Dolan called the amendment a “corporate Christmas present for Uber and Lyft giving them the ability to rake in huge profits while leaving Californians to pick up the tab when their drivers cause injury and death.”… (more)