Uber drivers are now required to provide transportation for riders who have guide dogs

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber says Jason Dalton, the man suspected of going on a western Michigan shooting rampage that left six people dead was one of its drivers. Spokeswoman Nairi Hourdajian wouldn't say Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 whether Dalton was driving for the ride-sharing service Saturday night when the shootings occurred outside an apartment complex, car dealership and restaurant in and around Kalamazoo. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals.

The settlement is designed to resolve a lawsuit in federal court that alleges Uber discriminates against passengers with service dogs.

The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday that Uber will also remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal.

Federal law requires taxis and other private transportation services to carry a disabled passenger’s service animal.

Under the agreement, Uber does not admit any liability, and it denies that it has violated any laws.

Uber didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.

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