As the rise of Uber has begun to transform the transportation services industry, what has become clear is that for all of the support that the newcomer has garnered from a segment of the riding public, it has totally ignored the needs of the disabled. Uber has done so by claiming, against all evidence, that it is a technology company and not a Transportation Network Company-the generic name for most taxi and other car pick up services.
In response to Uber’s blatant disregard for the rights of the disabled-and its flouting of the American with Disabilities Act-a new group has been formed, New Yorkers for Equal Transportation Access (NYETA), to make sure that Uber conforms to the laws and regulations that every other Transportation Network Company must adhere to. No technological sleight of hand should allow this darling of Wall Street hedge funds to place itself outside of the law.
As NYETA spokesperson, Brad Gerstman points out;
“There is a reason why Uber is being sued all over the country. In jurisdictions across this country, disabled folks are being humiliated by Uber drivers-denied service because of their disability. That a company whose valuation has been estimated to exceed $50 billion feels it can treat the disabled as second class citizens underscore the arrogance and the greed of Uber and its high roller investors.”
Read more About NYETA…
For Press Inquiries Contact Brad Gerstman at (516) 880-8170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check us out on Twitter and Facebook
NYT – Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt
Owning a yellow cab has left Issa Isac in deep debt and facing a precarious future.
Suing Uber Won’t Solve Disabled Americans’ Transportation Problems
Uber could provide a great benefit to people with mobility disabilities, if it provided equal and non-discriminatory service. Instead, Uber, a company valued at over $50 billion, has chosen to neglect people with disabilities who use wheelchairs and to provide them with inferior service in direct violation of the law.
Lyft Driver Kidnapped, Zip-Tied And Raped Passenger, Prosecutors Say
A woman who called a Lyft after a night out in River North was bound, raped and held captive by her driver for two hours, prosecutors said.
You’re ruining my car: Uber driver allegedly humiliates woman for bringing wheelchair into cab
When Preeti Singh boarded an Uber cab on Tuesday, she didn’t know she’d be spending the ride feeling utterly humiliated and insulted.
Disability rights advocates sue Uber over inaccessibility
Uber’s whole value proposition is that it’s cheaper, quicker and easier. But this week the ride-sharing service was accused of being not so easy for people who are disabled.
NYETA Protest outside of Speaker Mark-Viverito’s office for Accessibility
NYETA (New Yorkers for Equal Transportation Access) held a protest outside of NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's office to oppose the Speaker's decision to block bills regarding accessibility for the disabled.
TLC Commissioner Blows off Taxi Symposium
On Tuesday, June 27th a comprehensive symposium on the taxi industry-viewed by many in and out of the industry as in free fall — will be held at the New York Institute of Technology, 16, West 61st in Manhattan.
NY AG Paralyzed as Uber’s Misconduct and Lawlessness Metastasizes
Article on behalf of Brad Gerstman, NYETA Spokesperson
People with Disabilities and Advocates to Rally at Speaker Mark Viverito’s Office
Groups concerned with accessible transportation and the failure of local political leadership will be holding a rally at City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito’s district office featuring people with disabilities and advocates from a range of groups that promote the equitable treatment of disabled New Yorkers.
NBC2: Lee County woman claims she was raped by Uber driver
A Lee County woman is accusing an Uber driver of sexual assault. The driver says he can't believe this is happening and claims the investigation will find he didn't do anything.
ABC Action News: Uber driver arrested for strong arm robbery
An Uber driver has been arrested after apparently ripping an expensive item off a customer, who he accused of not paying.
StarTribune: Roseville woman sues Uber after driver allegedly sexually assaulted her
A Roseville woman’s lawsuit against Uber alleging that a driver for the ride-sharing service sexually assaulted her last year was transferred Friday to federal court in Minnesota.