Why Taxi Workers Are Calling for the Release of Ride-Hailing Safety Data

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Photo by Laura Wenus // Public Press

As the San Francisco Public Press reported in early January, ride-hailing safety data is kept secret by the government agency that collects it, the California Public Utilities Commission. In response to the story, the San francisco Taxi Workers Alliance has joined several legislators in calling for the commission to allow at least some public access to this information. Safety data about taxis is available to the public through records requests.
Mark Gruberg, a taxi driver and a member of the Taxi Workers Alliance’s executive board, explains how this disparity affects taxi workers and why the alliance is calling for action.

“The public has a right to know what they’re getting into when they’re getting into an Uber or a Lyft, what the risks are that they’re taking.” — Mark Gruberg
 



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