Statement of Access Living Regarding Rideshare Ordinance Substitute

Disability community does not support substitute access provision

Today, Access Living learned that modifications were made to the accessibility provisions in Alderman Beale’s Rideshare Ordinance. According to the modified provisions, Uber and Lyft would have six months to develop plans for access, and another six months to implement the plans. After this, the companies would be fined for each day they are not in compliance. Access Living also learned that earlier today, at a briefing on the ordinance, Alderman were told that Access Living supports the modified provisions. This is not true. Access Living does not support the modified provisions. Access Living supports the Rideshare Ordinance as originally written, which requires five percent of Uber and Lyft vehicles to be wheelchair accessible, and requires a disability specific complaint line to be set up at each company.

“The modified proposal is unacceptable,” said Marca Bristo, President & CEO of Access Living. “We have already waited two years for Rideshare companies to make a commitment to accessibility. They’ve done little to nothing in that time. Through August of 2015, Uber had provided only 14 wheelchair accessible rides. The Rideshare Ordinance needs concrete benchmarks that will hold Uber and Lyft accountable. We have a right to equal access, equal fares and equal service.”

For more information, contact Gary Arnold at Access Living, 312-640-2199 (voice), garnold@accessliving.org