The battle for the streets of San Antonio continues,as a new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of three disabled San Antonians, claiming the ride sharing firms 'Uber' and 'Lytt' violate the Americans with Disabilities act and should not be allowed to operate in the city, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Attorney Jose Garza, who filed the lawsuit, told 1200 WOAI news that, even though Lyft and Uber operate using the personal cars of residents, the company is a 'public accommodation,' and as such, must follow the ADA, which requires that a 'reasonable accommodation' be made for the needs of the disabled.
"We are asking that if they are going to be allowed to enter the market, they must meet the requirements of the ADA," Garza said.
Registered taxicabs must meet ADA standards, and cab drivers have spent in excess of $1,000 fitting their cabs with devices to allow wheelchairs to be accommodated and disabled people to get into taxis. Garza says the private vehicles owned by San Antonians who drive for Uber and Lyft have taken no such steps.
"There should be some assurances and some way that they can access these services," Garza said.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Antonio, says the plaintiffs have been unable to utilize the services of Uber and Lyft because the cars used by the ridesharing firms do not include 'any mechanism by which to serve mobility impaired individuals.'
Uber and Lyft claim to be 'your friend with a car,' and operate on the same concept that a friend might pay another friend gas money to take them to the store when their car is in the shop. The San Antonio Police Department and the local taxi industry say they violate city law and have attempted to shut down the firms.
The lawsuit asks a federal judge to bar Uber and Lyft drivers from picking up any riders through their 'app' system until all vehicles which are used are found to be in compliance with ADA standards.