FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tia Williams, Commissioner Saltzman’s Office
Phone: (503) 823-4151
COMMISSIONER DAN SALTZMAN’S STATEMENT ON PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL’S UNANIMOUS VOTE TO SUBPOENA UBER
(May 10, 2017) This afternoon, the City Council of Portland, Oregon unanimously passed an emergency ordinance and subsequent resolution to subpoena books, documents and other records from Uber. During today’s vote, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who led the investigation as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), made the following statement:
“As part of our investigation, we called on Uber to supply us with data and other critical information that would help us to fully assess their activities here in Portland and the extent of their attempt to evade our efforts to protect the public. Unfortunately, Uber has not complied with our request. That is why I feel very strongly that the City Council must use one of the most powerful tools at our disposal -- our legislative subpoena power -- in order to obtain the requested records Uber has yet to provide, namely, the Greyball playbook and any associated software.
“After we authorize the City Attorney to issue the subpoena, it is my hope that I will have the support of Council to come back in the coming months with a slate of code revisions that will be informed both by what comes of this process, and the recommendations I’ve received from the Private for Hire Advisory Committee and PBOT.
“I support ridesharing in Portland, and believe that it provides many benefits to our community. We as a Council fully support expanding transportation options for Portlanders. However, as a regulatory body tasked with ensuring the safety of the public, we must also ensure everyone in the industry is playing by the rules, providing universal service, and acting ethically.
“I want to thank my colleagues for joining me and signing on to this resolution. It sends a strong message that we collectively stand firm in our right to subpoena these documents that will inform our legislative and regulatory processes. It is my hope that the City of Portland and Uber can have a mutually beneficial partnership going forward, and in order for that to happen, I believe this is the necessary and right thing to do on behalf of all Portlanders.”
The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Greyball Audit Report: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/saltzman/article/638525
Portland City Council documents (resolution, ordinance and summons to subpoena Uber): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/saltzman/article/638526