After New Year’s Eve fatality involving a ‘ride share’ driver, taxi operators want city to take action.
Tensions run high as drivers from the networked ride services compete with taxis for riders in the city.
Update: The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved new regulations around ride-sharing services in September. The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday released long-awaited proposed regulations for smartphone-enabled “ride-share” services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. These companies allow passengers to hire private drivers through online applications, bypassing local cabs. The advent of these services […]
(Bay City News Service) In the past month, San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from ride-share companies, enabled by mobile apps, that pick up and drop off passengers, an airport spokesman said. Doug Yakel, an SFO spokesman, said there have been seven citizen arrests issued to “various offenders” since July […]
The number of taxis cruising San Francisco streets will soon surge. And drivers have plenty to say on the topic. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved 120 new taxi medallions, or operating permits, for this year and 200 for 2014. Currently, the city has 1,700 medallions, which is already an increase of […]
Adrienne Kristine has nothing but praise for San Francisco cab drivers. “Maybe it’s because I’m disabled and have a rather large walker to carry that the dispatchers treat me with kindness,” Kristine wrote in a comment on The Bay Citizen’s website. “When I was traveling back and forth to South SF for radiation treatments Monday […]
As The Bay Citizen reported last week, a total of 1,733 complaints against taxi drivers were registered with San Francisco’s 311 complaint line last fiscal year. That represents a 13 percent increase in gripes over the previous fiscal year and it’s nearly double the 900-complaint goal of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates taxis. […]
by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen San Francisco taxi drivers routinely flout the law by refusing rides, declining to take credit cards, charging unauthorized fees, speeding, smoking, and talking and texting on cellphones while driving, according to a year’s worth of passenger complaints reviewed by The Bay Citizen. Taxis infested with bed bugs, drivers falling […]
Ever waited for a very long time to grab a cab in San Francisco on Friday or Saturday night? Of course you have. Katrina Schwartz reported a story on KQED News Thursday about the rise of ride-sharing services in San Francisco that have emerged to fill the supply-demand gap. She reported: Several ride-sharing startups are […]