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- A California judge ruled this week that Uber is not required to offer wheelchair-accessible vehicles for disabled customers.
- The ruling comes after three people who use non-foldable wheelchairs sued the company arguing that it was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Judge Richard Seeborg found that none of the plaintiffs provided sufficient evidence that the company could run a cost-effective wheelchair-accessible program.
Uber is not required to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles, a California judge ruled this week.
Two plaintiffs from New Orleans who use motorized wheelchairs sued the company for their lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, saying it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another plaintiff, Scott Crawford from Jackson, Mississippi, used the same argument to also file a lawsuit.
The ADA requires that companies make reasonable efforts to provide services to people with disabilities that are equivalent to the services they offer to others.
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But US District Chief Judge Richard Seeborg ruled in San Francisco on Monday that Crawford and the Louisianna co-plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence that the ride-share company violated the law, according to PBS.
In the ruling, Judge Seeborg also argued that the plaintiffs did not provide enough evidence that Uber could run a cost-effective wheelchair-accessible service in both cities, according to The Verge.
Even if Uber were to set up a wheelchair-accessible service, disabled passengers would potentially have to wait long periods of time for those vehicles, Seeborg said according to the outlet.
Uber argued that offering wheelchair-accessible vehicles would be too costly, roughly $800,000 a year in New Orleans and $550,000 in Jackson, and would be too difficult to roll out in either city.
Costs were based on a 16-hour service window on weekdays and 10 hours per weekend day, according to PBS.
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Published on Jul. 28, 2022