By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
People using motorized wheelchairs have largely been left in the dust by the ride-hail revolution.
Now Uber and Lyft are set to start paying into a fund that will create California’s first wheelchair-accessible ride-hails — but the details of how that service will work have yet to be worked out.
The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates ride-hails in the state, will vote to begin its rulemaking process to implement a wheelchair-accessible ride-hail program on Thursday.
“The devil will be in the details,” said Melissa Riess, a staff attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit that filed a class action lawsuit a year ago against Uber for allegedly discriminating against wheelchair users by not providing vehicles they can ride in.
Exactly who will provide wheelchair ride-hails under the program is still an open question, but regardless, Riess said “we think Uber and Lyft are obligated under federal law to provide full and equal access.”… (more)