Disability rights activists gathered outside the federal courthouse in White Plains on Monday to protest Lyft’s lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
The rally stems from a lawsuit filed by Harriet Lowell in 2017 after she became disabled in her 40s and stopped driving.
“Lyft came here, but they weren’t serving people like us. We didn’t think it was right. So we sued them.” says Lowell.
Lowell’s attorney, Jeremiah Frey Pearson, said, “When new systems evolve, they usually don’t evolve with people with disabilities in mind.”Lyft and Uber have revolutionized transportation. but did not think about people with disabilities.
Activists told News 12 that Lyft should be ADA compliant, but Lyft claims the ride-hailing service it offers is exempt from ADA compliance.
“Lyft has a long-standing commitment to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community, and we are always looking for solutions to address this. [wheelchair-accessible vehicles] It’s a supply issue,” said a Lyft spokesperson.
The judge said the trial will begin on January 17, giving Lyft two weeks to decide whether to enter arbitration.