Theranos potentially could have been amazing for medicine, but more and more this looks like an epic disaster.
The traditional cab companies (who have to cover that market by law) are quite right in crying foul, IMO.
Also, for the record, small cab companies were allies of Uber here in Dallas.
The extent to which it is enforced I have no idea but that would be up to consumers to make complaints to the regulatory body.
"When a wheelchair accessible vehicle is requested, the operating authority must provide a wheelchair accessible vehicle, or cause one to be provided, without unreasonable delay."
Highlighted for emphasis. The cab company does not need to own or operate the vehicle. They just need to make sure the customer is provided with one at the same rate they would charge a customer who did not require one. This is not the same as what was originally stated above.
Your exact statement was "No, the traditional cab companies do not have to cover this market by law."
That is simply false.
Right now, there's a real risk they'll put legit taxi companies out of business, and then those people in wheelchairs who need transportation are simply screwed. But nobody at Uber cares, of course, because the company is run by complete jerks.
Also, you appear to be wrong about each taxi company requiring to support wheelchairs. As far as I can tell from my brief search, the ADA requires training, not supporting vehicles that allow wheelchairs.
Most places in US ignore that.
> Sec. 37.103 Purchase or lease of new non-rail vehicles by private entities primarily engaged in the business of transporting people.
> (a) Application. This section applies to all acquisitions of new vehicles by private entities which are primarily engaged in the business of transporting people and whose operations affect commerce, in which a solicitation for the vehicle is made (except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section) after August 25, 1990.
> (c) Demand responsive systems. If the entity operates a demand responsive system, and purchases or leases a new vehicle other than an automobile, a van with a seating capacity of less than eight persons (including the driver), or an over-the-road bus, it shall ensure that the vehicle is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs, unless the system, when viewed in its entirety, meets the standard for equivalent service of Sec. 37.105 of this part.
In what sense?
That's funny. You must work for Uber PR.
> and wheelchair access is a very small percentage of customers.
Well in that case, fuck 'em. And fuck the ADA too.