Uber, Lyft Lose Shield on Safety Reports as California Regulator Rescinds Secrecy Rule

By Seth Rosenfeld : sfpublicpress – excerpt

A new era of transparency begins, but previous safety reports remain confidential for now.

Uber and Lyft can no longer keep their safety reports quite so secret.

Reversing a long-standing policy of extraordinary secrecy, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted Thursday to rescind an obscure footnote that granted sweeping confidentiality to safety reports that must be filed by Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies about accidents and assaults connected with their services across the state.

Commission President Marybel Batjer declared that the decision would promote transparency not only in an industry that plays an increasingly outsized role in the lives of Californians, but also in the commission’s own often-criticized regulation of it.(more)

Thanks to everyone who pushed for this information by demanding PUC take action on this commission on their part.