State may require rideshare companies to own fleet of wheelchair accessible cars

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfbg – excerpt

As cabbies flee the taxi industry to drive for so-called rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, specially made taxis for the disabled are left sitting idle in their garages.

At a hearing last week, SFMTA Taxi Director Christiane Hayashi said the city is in a disability community transit crisis. But the Guardian has learned that the California Public Utilities Commission is considering requiring rideshare companies to provide their own vehicle fleet for the disabled community.

“We could require these companies to own their own fleet,…a fleet that’s accessible to the disabled community,” Marzia Zafar, the director of policy and planning division at the CPUC, told the Guardian. “We can certainly do that when we have the information, if we see that divide.”

The plan could be implemented as early as September, she said… (more)


Drivers for Uber, Lyft stuck in insurance limbo

by Ellen Huet : sfgate – excerpt

…It wasn’t a car accident that caused Adrian Anzaldua to quit driving for Lyft – it was the fear of one.

The 27-year-old started driving full time for the app-based car service in October but quit in December after hearing anecdotes that raised questions about his insurance policy.

“I looked into this whole situation more closely because it seemed too good to be true,” said Anzaldua, who lives in San Francisco’s Mission District. “I read a couple accounts online of people who had gotten into accidents while driving for Lyft. They had their coverage denied, so they were stuck with a totaled car. I said, ‘I’m not driving until I figure out the insurance situation.’ “… (more)

Muni Is Both Smearing for Uber and Shilling for it

It turns out the SFMTA, which has publicly objected to the new car-hire apps in ongoing proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, is now running uberX ads on Muni buses. This morning local blogger SF Citizen posted photographs of the gleaming placards, which promoted a “better, faster, and cheaper” service than SFMTA’s regular taxis.
So who gave the greenlight on that one?
Muni did… (more)

That sounds about right. Insanity rules at the SFMTA. Supporting “their” Taxis and Taxi competitors at the same time. Is that like shooting yourself in the foot because the shoe is too tight?