A city hearing officer upheld the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s temporary ban on Uber’s JUMP e-bicycles Tuesday, which was implemented after the company refused to provide the city with real-time data on its ridership.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation instituted the temporary suspension on Uber from dispersing JUMP bikes in November.
“LADOT requires for-profit mobility companies share verifiable data on their vehicles,” LADOT stated in a prepared statement. “Today’s decision denying Uber’s appeal upholds the city’s common-sense permit requirements, which protect safety and quality of life for L.A. residents.”
Hearing officer David Shapiro said in his ruling that JUMP representatives did not provide evidence of people being “re-identified” when providing data to the city, but LADOT did not provide an example of how five-second data reporting would solve any transportation problems.
Regardless, Shapiro said JUMP knew the requirements when it entered the city’s dockless mobility program and that it violated the provisions by not providing the data.
According to a letter from the LADOT, Uber stated that it could not comply with the permit requirements as the company’s policies prevented it from meeting the “mobility data specification,” which would give the city information on how the bikes are used.
The specification enables cities to manage dockless scooters, bikes, taxis and buses.
“Every other company that is permitted in Los Angeles is following the rules,” Transportation Department spokeswoman Connie Llanos said in November. “We look forward to being able to work with Uber on getting them into compliance.”
Other dockless forms of transportation have been allowed to operate within the city such as Lime scooters.
“This administrative step was largely expected,” Uber said in a statement. “JUMP supports sharing operational mobility data with LADOT, but we have been clear for months that we have serious privacy concerns about LADOT’s requirements to collect real-time, individual trip data on our riders in Los Angeles.
“We believe that best-in-class data aggregation methods could deliver LADOT near-real time data, while protecting the identity of Los Angeles residents and our riders.”
The Uber statement also said that LADOT created a “narrow appeal process” that did not address the company’s privacy concerns. Uber is assessing its legal options, and in the meantime expects its bikes and scooters to remain on the city streets.
The Los Angeles City Council last year adopted a pilot program that regulates the number of electric bicycles and scooters each company can have in its fleet.
After demonstrating compliance with program requirements and meeting certain performance criteria, LADOT can allow companies to increase their fleet size.