Tell The PUC To Stop Its Ban On Ride-Sharing Services

sfist.com – excerpt

The political protection nonsense on part of the California Public Utilities Commission is chilling and disgusting. If you recall, the CPUC issued creepy cease-and-desist orders to both Lyft and SideCar, making inane claims regarding both companies not having official carrier permits. However, said companies do not need such permits since the fares are “suggested donations.” So ha. (Uber also had a similar cease-and-desist order placed against it, which has yet to hurt the noted town car service. So double ha, PUC).
Anyway, why don’t you tell the PUC how you feel by signing this petition. San Francisco’s (intentional) cab shortage issue has had a stronghold on the city for years. And car-sharing services have been a breath of minty fresh air. Neither the PUC nor the SFMTA (who will launch its own investigation into the companies, because cabbies are peeved) will take it away from us…
Anyway, why don’t you tell the PUC how you feel by signing this petition. San Francisco’s (intentional) cab shortage issue has had a stranglehold on the city for years. And car-sharing services have been a breath of minty fresh air. Neither the PUC nor the SFMTA (who will launch its own investigation into the companies, because cabbies are peeved) will take it away from us… (more)

How did the PUC get involved? This controversial issue is just heating up. We take no position. The media has widely covered these ride-shares, and the new private parking rentals that are springing up all over town. The PUC stance agaisnt ride-shares will lead to more confusion.
Where is the SFMTA in all of this. They seem all too ready to kill off traditional taxi business by making it too difficult to earn a decent living. Do they also want to kill off all the jobs being generated by ride-shares?
What of the Mayor’s support for info tech? How many ways can you pay the meter, keep track of your hours, hail a cab, or ride-share, or pay your SFMTA ticket? (Is anybody track of the number of apps or who is financing them?) Each ride-share business supports some high tech jobs. Should we throw those out too?
Maybe the SF Bicycle Coalition should offer a bike rider service to take up the slack. Bikers could tote families around on their handlebars they way they do in Amsterdam. Or we could replace the motorized taxis with horse-drawn carriages. More work for people in the street cleaning business. Streets need to remain clear and safe for the self-driving cars.

Related:
Lyft, SideCar, Zimride say they will fight cease-and-desist orders to stop services

No Company Commuter Shuttle? Bay Area’s RidePal Has The Answer

By Phil Covington : triplepundit.com – excerpt

Recognizing a gap in the market, Nathalie co-founded RidePal a little over a year ago, with the goal of bringing company shuttle services to people working for smaller organizations, who are unable to hop on an in-house provided bus…
To make it work though, RidePal needed to be able to match riders, routes and vehicles to bring a critical mass of people together. Technology was the facilitator to make that happen…  (more)

 

 

Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” – The New P2P Uber

By JOSH CONSTINE : techcrunch.com – excerpt

You need a ride, someone else has a car and could use the cash, SideCar is the app that will bring you together. New instant peer-to-peer rideshare-finding app SideCar turns anyone into a taxi / Uber driver, and it’s supposedly legal because you technically volunteer to pay at the end. Today it emerges from beta for iOS and Android in its first city, San Francisco…

SideCar is a real-time ridesharing community that connects drivers with spare seats in their car to passengers who need instant rides across the city, via a user-friendly proprietary smartphone technology. It helps drivers because they use their own car and help cover the costs of maintenance – all while meeting people in the city. Meanwhile for passengers it makes it easy to get a ride, cheaper than alternatives, and gives them a unique personal interaction.

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