UberX, Lyft and Side Car are all on notice now that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are looking at ways to clamp down on the ride sharing companies.
The car service, formerly known as InstaCab, is the first to comply with a list of regulations from the California Public Utilities Commission.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is waiving the new taxi driver permit application fee until the end of March, in hopes of attracting new drivers.
San Francisco taxi drivers are trying a new tactic in their war against shared car ride services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. They’ve taken to alerting insurance companies that the rival drivers may be committing insurance fraud.
As many as one-third of San Francisco’s cab drivers have ditched their hack licenses and are driving for Uber, Lyft or Sidecar instead, according to the city’s taxi association.
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.
San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from mobile-app enabled rideshare companies that pick up and drop off passengers.
Rideshare companies are marketing their services with gusto after this week’s BART strike and new signups are in the thousands.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors voted Tuesday to build a mobile phone application to connect passengers to taxis throughout the city.
Fed up with traditional taxis, more city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides across town using mobile apps that allow connect riders and drivers.