Uber, Lyft & Sidecar engaged in unlawful practices: California DAs allege

Uber, Lyft & Sidecar engaged in unlawful practices: California DAs allege

Ride-sharing services Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are all engaged in a couple of unlawful practices, district attorneys (DAs) of San Francisco and Los Angeles alleged.

The DAs said a joint investigation revealed that the ride-sharing companies' websites misled consumers by claiming that their background checks screen out drivers who have ever been involved in driving violations like DUI, sexual assault, or any other criminal offenses.

They also alleged that the way in which the controversial companies' calculate fares, violates law of the state of California. The companies in question allow customers who are traveling the same way to share a car and split the fare.

San Francisco DA George Gascon said, "We value innovation and new modes of providing service to the public. However, we need to make sure the safety and well-being of consumers are adequately protected in the process."

On the other hand, ride-sharing companies, including Sidecar, claimed that they were strongly committed to safety for both drivers and passengers.

A spokesperson for Uber argued that ridesharing is clearly supported by the California legislature, governor, CPUC, as well as local jurisdictions across the state. The spokesperson hit back at the DAs, saying they made inaccurate assertions.

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