startup in history is suddenly waging battles on multiple fronts, with nearest competitor Lyft accusing it of a massive ride cancellation scam, and the state Senate considering new regulations for transportation network companies.
On Tuesday, Lyft told CNN Money
that Uber employees had booked and canceled 5,560 rides
with Lyft drivers, in a coordinated plot that recalls the company's alleged ride-ditch hoax
against Israeli company Gett in February. Uber swung back with ride-ditch accusations of its own, telling the New York Times
that Lyft drivers and employees had cancelled 12,900 Uber trips, and that further, Lyft was just sore because investors were vying for an Uber acquisition.
The accusation of the 12,900 requested and cancelled trips has thus far been unsubstantiated; Lyft has publicly denied the acquisition rumor. Meanwhile, Uber has launched an aggressive "California Needs Uber"
campaign against state Assembly bills 2293 and 612, which would both impose tighter restrictions on app-based chauffeur services.
AB 612 would require new permits for charter-party carriers that contract with startups like Uber and Lyft. AB 2293 would require the Ubers and Lyfts of the world to disclose the limitations of their commercial liability insurance to all drivers in writing. Both are scheduled to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee tomorrow.