Whereas, ride-share companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar constitute new transit options which are increasingly being used by people who are blind or who have low vision; and
Whereas, such services may well represent options that will constitute effective transit opportunities; and
Whereas, on the other hand, issues have emerged with regard to whether the right to transport guide dogs and their handlers is adequately guaranteed by such companies and concerning the accessibility of applications used to summon such vehicles; and
Whereas, because of the complete absence of regulation, there is also a question of whether these companies will provide sufficient protection to individuals choosing to utilize such companies;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 18th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization believes that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the emergence of these new transit options deserves to be carefully studied by the American Council of the Blind; and
Be it further resolved that this organization instruct its transportation committee to work in conjunction with Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) to prepare a paper with specific recommendations concerning the pros and cons of such ride-share companies which shall be presented to the board of directors by January of 2015; and
Be it further resolved that the ACB president is hereby instructed to report back to the convention next year such recommendations as the transportation committee and GDUI may make.
Ray Campbell, Secretary