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San Francisco takes Uber to court to comply with Treasurer’s subpoena

Staff Writer |
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to compel ride-hailing company Uber to provide business records to ensure its drivers are following the law.

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“This case is straightforward,” Herrera said. “The law requires any business in San Francisco to register with the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office, whether they’re PG&E or a hairdresser.

“Uber and its drivers are no different. San Franciscans have a right to know who is behind the wheel when they’re being driven somewhere.

“Not surprisingly, Uber is thumbing its nose at the law. It’s time for that to stop. Their argument that this is about their drivers’ privacy is a complete red herring.”

Starting in August 2014, the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office periodically requested information from Uber about its drivers to investigate compliance with the city’s business and tax code.

Uber provided that data until December 2016, when it abruptly refused. On Jan. 26, 2017, Treasurer José Cisneros and Tax Collector David Augustine issued a subpoena to obtain the information.

The subpoena was modified on March 20, 2017 at Uber’s request, but the company refused to comply and instead went to court May 1, 2017 trying to quash the subpoena.

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