Web-based car-sharing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved by California regulators.
With horns blaring, a long line of taxicabs circled San Francisco City Hall Tuesday afternoon, with cab drivers demanding that the city ban smartphone-enabled rideshare services.
Rideshare companies are marketing their services with gusto after this week’s BART strike and new signups are in the thousands.
With BART service shut down, ridesharing services were working to keep up with increased demand Monday.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry saw three times its normal ridership at Jack London Square in Oakland Monday morning because of the BART strike, a ferry spokesman said.
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s unionized employees will meet on Tuesday to vote for a strike authorization that could lead to a walkout within a week. The result, transit officials said, would become a regional transportation emergency that will have commuters looking for alternatives of which there are few.
SideCar plays matchmaker between people who need a lift and community drivers willing to give them a ride. Passengers reward the driver with a voluntary and cashless payment after they reach their destination.