SB 182, which exempts most Uber and Lyft drivers from registration requirements that apply to other SF businesses and independent contractors, violates state constitution
SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 8, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he has filed a lawsuit against the State of California to invalidate aspects of a state law pushed by ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft that exempts their drivers who live out of town from San Francisco’s business registration requirements.
In passing Senate Bill 182 last year, the state legislature created a tax shelter for a favored group — Uber and Lyft drivers — and unconstitutionally usurped the power of charter cities like San Francisco to regulate their own municipal affairs, according to the lawsuit Herrera filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning. While most Uber and Lyft drivers who drive in the City live elsewhere, the new state law prohibits San Francisco from requiring them to pay registration fees that apply to all other sole proprietors and independent contractors who do business in San Francisco, regardless of where they live. [Read more]
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