City officials could seek more power to regulate ride-hails

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

New SF transit director will ‘enthusiastically’ pursue local Uber and Lyft regulations

San Francisco officials may finally seek increased regulatory power over Uber and Lyft.

Two leading transit officials have told the San Francisco Examiner that they’d seek support for state legislation to transfer some limited powers from state regulators to municipalities like San Francisco to tackle swelling traffic dilemmas caused by the ride-hail giants…

At a victory party for Proposition D, the Uber and Lyft tax, at Original Joe’s restaurant on November 11, Peskin told a crowd of transportation advocates that San Francisco state legislators are workshopping a bill to transfer some regulatory power over Uber and Lyft, a matter Peskin has long said has hampered San Francisco’s ability to wrangle ride-hails.

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was not available Monday before Thanksgiving for comment on whether he was indeed authoring such a bill. Ting has authored similar bills seeking to give San Francisco some regulatory powers, as he did with Lombard Street tolling authority, though it was vetoed.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) gave a strong indication that he would support such a bill, were it authored… (more)