Today’s Headlines

  • Some Drivers Still Unaware Parking Meters Are Enforced on Labor Day (SFGate)
  • Motorcyclist Dies in Solo Crash on Kezar Drive in Golden Gate Park (BCN via SF Examiner)
  • Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Introduces Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance (Press Democrat)
  • Berkeley to Crack Down on Abuse of Disabled Parking Placards (CBS 5)
  • North Berkeley Merchants Want Parklets (Berkeleyside)
  • Parklet Proposed for Clement and 3rd Avenue in the Richmond (Richmond SF)
  • Rampaging Santa Rosa Driver Charged for Chasing Bicyclist Onto Golf Course (CBS 5)
  • Mercury News Reviews Google Maps’ Newest Transit Features
  • KRON’s Stanley Roberts Catches More Drivers Behaving Badly on San Bruno Ave. in Portola District
  • SFPD Checkpoint Near Candlestick Park Nabs DUIs, Drivers Without Licenses (BCN via Appeal)
  • Rideshare Services Draw the Ire of Cab Companies (Bay Citizen)
  • $3 Fee for New Clipper Cards Goes Into Effect (Mission Local)

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  • Foo

    Correct link for the “Rideshare Services Draw the Ire of Cab Companies” story:

    http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/mobile-apps-connect-passengers-rides/
     

  • Andy Chow

     I think the state should put a lid on Lyft and Sidecar. It is easy to create an app, but they’re essentially acting as a broker and facilitating illegal transportation. At least Uber requires compliance to state requirements for limo operations. These companies don’t require anything other than the fact that you can legally drive the car yourself.

    If Lyft and Sidecar want to stay in business, they either should comply with state or local regulations when enrolling drivers and/or make sure that their non-commercial drivers only drive on incidental basis only and not collecting fares more than the reasonable expenses of driving (basically providing carpool service like 511). People who don’t have a taxi or limo permit should never be allowed to drive all day and make an income.

  • Given how badly shuttle drivers and cabbies drive in this town, it’s incredibly ironic that lyft and sidecar would be shut down because they are non-compliant with regulations.

  • Andy Chow

    What Lyft and Sidecar are doing is to facilitate drivers who don’t have commercial permits and insurance to operate a commercial service. It would be no different if I were to run a restaurant from my own kitchen. It doesn’t excuse poor behaviors of some commercial drivers, which is not exclusive to them.

    In fact there would be less accountability and protection. These companies will try to evade responsibility by claiming that they’re not a transportation provider, and the drivers are not subject to any regulation from either the company, city, or the state.

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