The clock is ticking on a potential interruption in California ride-hailing service. Uber and Lyft say they may shut down California rides at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. If so, they plan to keep cars off the road until at least November, when voters weigh in on Proposition 22, their ballot initiative to keep their workers as independent contractors. The potential halt stems from a lawsuit by the state of California and the city attorneys of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles that says Uber and Lyft are ducking the state’s gig-work law, AB5, by keeping drivers as independent contractors. The state won a temporary injunction that could force drivers to be reclassified as soon as Friday. Meanwhile, the companies are engaged in a massive PR campaign, emailing passengers and riders about the looming threat and urging them to support Prop. 22 to continue service. On Wednesday, the mayors of San Jose and San Diego urged California courts and lawmakers to negotiate a resolution to keep the services operating. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Republican and Democrat, respectively, said they feared the impact on gig workers and riders. “This sudden disappearance of jobs… Read full this story
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