Councilman David Ryu, who represents Los Feliz and a portion of Silver Lake, has asked the City Attorney to look into taking legal action against Waze over its traffic app creating a “dangerous condition” on many city streets.
“After numerous attempts to reach a resolution with Waze for the threats to public safety and infrastructure caused by their mobile technology, it has become clear that any and all legal options should be considered,” Ryu said in a letter sent today to City Attorney Mike Feuer. “After many years of trying to bring Waze to the table, it has become clear that this company refuses any responsibility for the traffic problems their app creates or the concerns of residents and City officials.”
The same column prompted City Councilman Paul Krekorian to have the Department of Transportation look at options to deal with problems caused by traffic apps. However, Krekorian introduced a similar proposal three years ago that went nowhere.
The problem, said Ryu in is letter, “has grown faster than our Department of Transportation can get a handle on it.”
What legal options are available to deal with Waze? It’s not clear what those might be and how the City Attorney will respond to Ryu’s request.
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