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A Chicago-based disability rights group on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-hailing company has violated wheelchair accessibility laws.

The lawsuit, filed by Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and three disabled people associated with the group, alleges San Francisco-based Uber fails to provide vehicles equipped to handle wheelchairs. It seeks an order to bring the company into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Out of millions of rides, the company has provided just a handful to disabled users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles since launching in the city in 2011, the lawsuit claims.

Uber's "service to people who require wheelchair accessible vehicles ranges from token to non-existent," court documents said.

"That position threatens a return to the isolation and segregation that the disability rights movement has fought to overcome," the documents added.

According to the lawsuit, from September 2011, when Uber began operating in Chicago, to August 2015, the company provided just 14 rides to motorized wheelchair users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles. It did this by connecting riders with wheelchair accessible taxi services, a blog from the company said.

By comparison, court documents said, Uber provided nearly 5.5 million rides from April to June 2015 in Chicago, the third largest U.S. city.

"We take this issue seriously and are committed to increasing mobility and freedom for all riders and drivers, including those members of our communities who are disabled," Uber said in a statement in response to the lawsuit.

In May, Uber launched uberWAV in Chicago, which provides riders with vehicles equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts and uberASSIST, designed for people who need additional assistance while using the ride-hailing service.

At the time, the company acknowledged that it needed to increase disability access in the city and said that it "won't happen overnight."

During an August meeting with Uber officials that included a demonstration of the app, court documents said, the program showed there were no wheelchair accessible vehicles operating in Chicago at the time. Charles Petrof, Access Disability's lawyer, said on Thursday this continues to be an issue.

Taxi operators in Chicago with more than 20 cabs must maintain at least 5 percent as accessible vehicles, according to city ordinance. The city also provides financial incentives for wheelchair accessible taxis.

Last July, Massachusetts attorney general's office began examining how Uber, and its rival, Lyft, ensure equal access for people with disabilities.
 

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http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/uber-facing-lawsuit-chicago-violating-wheelchair-laws-n666226

A Chicago-based disability rights group on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-hailing company has violated wheelchair accessibility laws.

The lawsuit, filed by Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and three disabled people associated with the group, alleges San Francisco-based Uber fails to provide vehicles equipped to handle wheelchairs. It seeks an order to bring the company into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Out of millions of rides, the company has provided just a handful to disabled users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles since launching in the city in 2011, the lawsuit claims.

Uber's "service to people who require wheelchair accessible vehicles ranges from token to non-existent," court documents said.

"That position threatens a return to the isolation and segregation that the disability rights movement has fought to overcome," the documents added.

According to the lawsuit, from September 2011, when Uber began operating in Chicago, to August 2015, the company provided just 14 rides to motorized wheelchair users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles. It did this by connecting riders with wheelchair accessible taxi services, a blog from the company said.

By comparison, court documents said, Uber provided nearly 5.5 million rides from April to June 2015 in Chicago, the third largest U.S. city.

"We take this issue seriously and are committed to increasing mobility and freedom for all riders and drivers, including those members of our communities who are disabled," Uber said in a statement in response to the lawsuit.

In May, Uber launched uberWAV in Chicago, which provides riders with vehicles equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts and uberASSIST, designed for people who need additional assistance while using the ride-hailing service.

At the time, the company acknowledged that it needed to increase disability access in the city and said that it "won't happen overnight."

During an August meeting with Uber officials that included a demonstration of the app, court documents said, the program showed there were no wheelchair accessible vehicles operating in Chicago at the time. Charles Petrof, Access Disability's lawyer, said on Thursday this continues to be an issue.

Taxi operators in Chicago with more than 20 cabs must maintain at least 5 percent as accessible vehicles, according to city ordinance. The city also provides financial incentives for wheelchair accessible taxis.

Last July, Massachusetts attorney general's office began examining how Uber, and its rival, Lyft, ensure equal access for people with disabilities.
Uber can't win this one !
 

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THEY GOING TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF UBER !
Perfect timing too.
Right at tax season,which will help drive tax free donations to their non profit organization.
Look for it nationwide.
Twofold publicity !
Any battle raises public awareness & public sympathy !
The timing is NO ACCIDENT.
Uber better do something.
( THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL PUT ROBOT CARS IN THE BACK SEAT. USE THE STRATEGY WISELY)
 

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http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/uber-facing-lawsuit-chicago-violating-wheelchair-laws-n666226

A Chicago-based disability rights group on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-hailing company has violated wheelchair accessibility laws.

The lawsuit, filed by Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and three disabled people associated with the group, alleges San Francisco-based Uber fails to provide vehicles equipped to handle wheelchairs. It seeks an order to bring the company into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Out of millions of rides, the company has provided just a handful to disabled users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles since launching in the city in 2011, the lawsuit claims.

Uber's "service to people who require wheelchair accessible vehicles ranges from token to non-existent," court documents said.

"That position threatens a return to the isolation and segregation that the disability rights movement has fought to overcome," the documents added.

According to the lawsuit, from September 2011, when Uber began operating in Chicago, to August 2015, the company provided just 14 rides to motorized wheelchair users requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles. It did this by connecting riders with wheelchair accessible taxi services, a blog from the company said.

By comparison, court documents said, Uber provided nearly 5.5 million rides from April to June 2015 in Chicago, the third largest U.S. city.

"We take this issue seriously and are committed to increasing mobility and freedom for all riders and drivers, including those members of our communities who are disabled," Uber said in a statement in response to the lawsuit.

In May, Uber launched uberWAV in Chicago, which provides riders with vehicles equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts and uberASSIST, designed for people who need additional assistance while using the ride-hailing service.

At the time, the company acknowledged that it needed to increase disability access in the city and said that it "won't happen overnight."

During an August meeting with Uber officials that included a demonstration of the app, court documents said, the program showed there were no wheelchair accessible vehicles operating in Chicago at the time. Charles Petrof, Access Disability's lawyer, said on Thursday this continues to be an issue.

Taxi operators in Chicago with more than 20 cabs must maintain at least 5 percent as accessible vehicles, according to city ordinance. The city also provides financial incentives for wheelchair accessible taxis.

Last July, Massachusetts attorney general's office began examining how Uber, and its rival, Lyft, ensure equal access for people with disabilities.
If uber were smart,they would arrange for a fleet of uber lease handicap vehicles at regular lease car prices. Steer all new lease car drivers towards it. Perhaps design a quick XL vehicle adaptation that can cross over quickly to motorized chair access capacity. This would compensate for the lower fuel economy of such a vehicle
 

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I feel for the people who are disabled but think the requirements lawmakers are trying to force on transportation companies are BS.

The percentage of population in a wheelchair is small and providing 100% EQUAL service is not economical because not enough calls will come in to cover the costs for an entire fleet of drivers to drive wheelchair only. Wait time will always be longer than normal pax because of this (meaning the service isn't equal by the law). Also good luck getting Uber drivers to put wheelchair lifts on their personal vehicles.
 

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Why don't the right groups buy or lease wheelchair vehicles themselves and sign up with Uber ? It can also fund their cause from the earnings. But he ! They won't do it because they are still the same rotten entitled freeloaders farmed by Uber.
 
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