SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— You may have noticed how hard it was to get a cab in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon. That’s because many taxi drivers protested in front of Uber’s offices on Market Street between 10th and 11th streets.
If finding a cab was too much of a hassle, you might have opted to use your smartphone app to order a ride on demand from one of a few Transportation Network Companies (TNC) available in the city such as Uber or Lyft.READ MORE: Fog Advisory In Place Across Northern California
Things got noisy when frustrated taxi drivers who claim the TNCs have an unfair advantage when it comes to competition and that they aren’t held to the same strict guidelines began to honk their cab’s horns.
Karri Lewis of the National Taxi Union Alliance paraded in solidarity with the cabbies. She said aside from the guidelines, taxis adhere to vehicle codes to provide service for the handicapped.
She also talked about the differences in insurance between cab drivers and TNCs.READ MORE: Police Officers Denied Service At San Francisco Restaurant Triggering Negative Reviews, Social Media Backlash