The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance has joined several legislators in calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to allow at least some public access to ride-hailing safety information.
Ride-Hailing’s Dark Data
A months-long investigation by the San Francisco Public Press revealed that the California Public Utilities Commission — the agency charged with regulating the state’s ride-hailing firms — has kept reports on thousands of accidents involving Uber and Lyft under wraps.
In scores of court cases, meanwhile, the companies have successfully kept evidence about collisions allegedly caused by their drivers secret.
As a result, the public, and even local government officials, have been kept in the dark about the massive industry’s road safety record.
In the wake of Seth Rosenfeld’s reporting, politicians have called for more transparency and the commission has proposed repealing a shadowy confidentiality clause.