French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap San Francisco-based Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.
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.
The California Public Utilities Commission announced that it has agreed to suspend a cease-and-desist order against two San Francisco-based companies that use smartphone technology to connect drivers to passengers.
San Francisco tourism officials are hoping a kind gesture to cab drivers will translate into even more kind gestures for high-profile visitors coming to the city.