Taxi Drivers to Protest Lyft, Uber, And All Other Ridesharing Services

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Don't upset your taxi driver
If your taxi driver seems a little cranky on the road these days, just know it's not you, it's Lyft.

Tomorrow, a crew of cabbies is planning a lunchtime protest to show their utter disdain with San Francisco's ridesharing companies, including Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar. Specifically, the group is miffed with the status quos which lets these ridesharing services "sidestep regulations" to which taxis are forced to adhere.

See Also: Have You Seen These Kick-Ass Lyft's in San Francisco?

According to The San Francisco Cab Drivers Association & The United
Taxicab Workers:

We are protesting the blatant disregard of taxi and other passenger transportation laws by companies that are using creative language to sidestep regulations. This is devastating the legal taxi industry and putting the public at risk. These so called "Rideshare" services such as Lyft, UberX and Sidecar, are nothing more than unlicensed "bandit cabs" with smartphone applications, a Facebook account, and sometimes a pink mustache. California Public Utilities Code §5353(h) specifies among other things, that "ridesharing"cannot be for profit, yet all of these companies recruit drivers with the promise of making $35 to $50 an hour.

These illegal taxi services falsely claim that as "ridesharing" they and their drivers are exempt from regulatory accountability, including vehicle inspections, driver qualifications and insurance requirements. By giving them his blessing, Mayor Ed Lee is ignoring
a clear public safety hazard.

Tomorrow, the group will rally on the steps of City Hall at 12 p.m. to protest Mayor Lee, the CPUC, and anyone else who disagrees with what they're saying.

Needless to say, if you need a ride to your lunch plans tomorrow, looks like you'll have to rely on one of those verboten ridesharing services, being that most the cabbies will be busy.




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fajadadu
fajadadu

Lyft is greed disguised as an app...that steals from hard-working cabdrivers...to create another person with billions of dollars...They just call it something else like "peer to peer ride-sharing..." How about some "peer to peer law-enforcement...That means that as long as I wear a black mustache I can point a gun at people to enforce the law...same thing...If I wear pink eyebrows I can perform surgery...That's "peer to peer medicine" ...Or sell my homemade, no health inspection, peer to peer picnic food as long as I have green sunglasses...Get the drift? Park the food trucks outside busy restaurants because people shouldn't have to wait in line to eat...When you don't have to wait for a cab it's because it's the busy time...We don't need more cabs...We need more patience instead...

Greg Cheong
Greg Cheong

Had a reservation with a cab company on the day of a friend's wedding. Reservation time came and never got a notification that a cab was dispatched. Called the company and the best they would give me is "we're still working on it". No idea if or when the cab would actually arrive. Waited until the very last minute I figured I could then got an Uber and made it to the wedding. Screw me once, shame on you...

Dante Forrest
Dante Forrest

Cabs are terrible in SF and most of the drivers are non customer service oriented and expect large tips

Morgan Sherwood
Morgan Sherwood

Who cares? No one uses them anymore simply because the suck so bad.

John Lilly
John Lilly

Can't get a cab anytime regardless. That's the reason entrepreneurs have taken up the slack. That's the American way. Beside, these days nobody is entitled to anything. Business is business. Taxi companies could have thought of this idea on their, but they didn't. They stuck their collective heads in the sand. How many cab companies even have apps that track their cars for customers? None. They totally dropped the ball.

Brian Santos
Brian Santos

hahah go ahead, go on strike... taxi's will become obsolete if the market opens to lyft and uber

mylk
mylk

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mylk

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rocketscience
rocketscience

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that taxi drivers... If only you taxi drivers have ever provided a decent taxi service in San Francisco. I remember how I used to wait for a taxi to stop when I needed to go somewhere, and even when they did, the driver would ask me, where are you going? - if my destination was ok for him, he would take me, if not, no, no, no service. Not to talk about credit cards... Do you take credit cards (when you finally got a taxi to stop)? Nope. Done. Move on with your ridiculous complains. 

Mary Littlelamb
Mary Littlelamb

What happened to San Francisco? Its not what it was. They are running everybody but the upper class out of that city. If people do not like the amount of money they're getting paid they should probably move out of the most expensive city in in the united States

Sean Nicholas
Sean Nicholas

Who needs them? Let me list the reasons why. 1)I have been turned down for a ride too many times over the years from outside AND inside the cab when I needed to get back to the Sunset. I've literally been refused a ride home after being in the cab because of the location. Most times I had cash in hand to pay. I had no time to deal with the fact that this was illegal. 2) The credit card machine is "broken". The taxi industry seems to invest in the most unreliable machines ever created. Welcome to the 21st century. 3) Meter is "broken" and they try to quote me a higher price for a route I take regularly. I refuse the quote and the meter magically works. 4) Straight up dirty and unfriendly.

brianmsj
brianmsj

This is just capitalism at its finest. People aren't happy with the current product, so the market introduced a better one.  

Get over it Cabbies!

Brenda Kahler
Brenda Kahler

Sounds like a great way to drive EVEN MORE business to services like Lyft and Uber!

Paul Mica
Paul Mica

Maybe if SF cabs, especially Yellow Cab, treated their customers better in the past, there would not be a need for car services! Now they're just whining because there's a better alternative even though its expensive!

DaveBobSutton
DaveBobSutton

Good for San Francisco cabbies for stepping up.  

SF attorney Christopher Dolan best sums up how passengers and drivers can get screwed by ridesharing apps. If you drive for or use ridesharing apps, take a minute to read the column linked to at the bottom of this comment. Dolan has other columns, too. They might save you a world of pain.

To passengers, Dolan writes:

“You passengers will have to decide for yourselves whether forgoing your constitutional rights, liability protection and potentially safety is worth a fist-bump and a ride across town in a ridiculous-looking pink-mustachioed car.”

To drivers, Dolan writes:

“To you drivers, do you want to put yourselves at risk of losing everything — your lives, your car, your health, your income, all so that you can give 20 percent to a company that will run from you if you are in an accident?”

Link to his column:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/ridesharing-also-bad-for-drivers/Content?oid=2507217

Dwayne Thomas
Dwayne Thomas

SF medallion system is ridiculously expensive.

Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell

I love Instacab, best service and best prices and they pick you up in no more than 10 minutes after you call for them. I wont ever take a normal taxi ever again

vetipie
vetipie

The only danger is when Cab drivers swerve into our lane and flash their headlights, or jump out of their cars and pound on the window. 

Mari Pellegrino
Mari Pellegrino

Regular SF cabbies are rude un reliable douchebags This is the publics revolt. I never use regular cab since uber saved the day !

Eric Lee
Eric Lee

During the Bart strike I hailed a Luxor cab in San Francisco at 4pm. After getting in and telling the driver I was going to Oakland, the guy after much hemming and hawing told me he had the right to refuse me service based on my destination. As far as I'm concerned, all these cab companies are an anachronism and are just sour grapes about people innovating in their space.

Brandon Martin
Brandon Martin

Wow, I was thinking this the other day. Taxi company is a monopoly. Not to mention what they charge taxi drivers and the unwritten code of drivers having to tip the taxi company. Yeah, that's right, I've known ex taxi drivers talking about this scam.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

What's wrong with giving other people choices on getting cab? Shit you guys are always late picking up people and sometimes don't show up at all!

electrofunk138
electrofunk138

No sympathy whatsoever for the taxi services. They routinely say "no" to credit cards, even when the cab has a "we take credit cards" sticker on it. They routinely refuse to go to neighborhoods like the Outer Richmond/Sunset, Diamond Heights, etc. They are rude, they have been known to overcharge, etc. They are also the WORST towards cyclists. And yea, they got screwed on the medallion deal, but their own managers sold them out in that arena. I have NEVER had a bad Sidecar ride, Lyft ride, or UberX ride - they show up (quickly), they have clean vehicles, they take credit cards, and they do so with a smile on their face. Cabs companies also make a habit of just not showing up when you call and schedule a ride, just to take a tiny fare off the street, leaving you waiting oftentimes for well over 45 minutes for a ride. F*ck taxis. I'm tempted to go throw eggs at the protesters. 

Rob Edwards
Rob Edwards

THANK God for the start-ups that have replaced taxis with car service. Now WE need to make sure ALL the political candidates that represent SF in the future support this more diverse free-market ecosystem and do not side with the taxi union. Make it a litmus test. Are you with me people?

Mary Littlelamb
Mary Littlelamb

S.f. Employed people always find excuses to go on strike. You're lucky you have a job. If you don't like it you need to move out of the city or find another job like I did. Its selfish to go on strike and make people off of their day and life around you.

Eric Gonzalez
Eric Gonzalez

Can San Francisco consumers protest against rude cabbies that won't take our cards and won't take us to the sunset? I think the cabbies' protest will fall on deaf ears

HowardEpstein
HowardEpstein

Rather than joining us in the 21st Century, the cab companies  and drivers are attempting to promote the inefficient and stifle innovation.  

Seth Breedlove
Seth Breedlove

To be honest, the taxi cab drivers are getting screwed, since S.F. removed the medallion lottery. Now, instead, the medallion costs $250,000, so only corps can afford it. Legally, they may have point in their argument. The other day, L.A gave all the ride-sharing services a ceast and desist letter and to shut down. However, I think if cab drivers were smart, instead of protesting, they could always drive for Uber!

Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez

So it'll be just like any other day trying to hail a cab? Got it.

Francesca Soares Alati
Francesca Soares Alati

This is stupid, I've had many cab drivers not only turn me down, but actually be inappropriate towards me. I don't like that you don't know anything about them like phone number, what if something happens ? Lyft is safe efficient and takes you anywhere you want to go. This is making them look so bad.

Carlos F. Toledo
Carlos F. Toledo

I'll make sure to use Lyft since they will be BUSY haha! time for change cabs... time for change!! I have not taken a cab in 2 years and NOT planning on it.

kevinreed1
kevinreed1

Before these new app-driven ride-sharing services appeared, I was told by many dispatchers at cab companies throughout San Francisco that the drivers all refused to come to my neighborhood to pick me up.  Sometimes after waiting for them to show up for over an hour. I fully support these new services. They are quick and safer, in my opinion, because each ride is connected to two individuals' personal bank accounts. No cash is ever exchanged. These ride-sharing services came as a result of poor and unreliable services provided by SF cab companies. They're getting exactly what they deserve!

Greightful McGroin
Greightful McGroin

They cite their concern for public safety; bull! They are the statists in this situation...

Erica Eilenberg
Erica Eilenberg

As a former resident of the Sunset district, I have terrible stories about taxis. Imagine trying to find a safe way home at 2am...I took the night owl a couple times and experienced a passenger with a knife, and another incident with physical violence. Two taxis in a row on the same night refused to drive me home because I lived in the Sunset. The priority should be customer service, safety, and efficiency, which it seems these newer ride services have figured out how to provide...I'm sure there are some good taxi drivers out there, but many have ruined the taxi reputation

Ryan Summers
Ryan Summers

GOOD! I'll make sure that I'm driving for Lyft around lunchtime! MWHAHAHAHHAHAH #lyftscab

33squidoo
33squidoo

@mylk , it's not "anti-working-class," it's "anti-dysfunctional official taxi system."  Any working class person who wants to drive people around for a living can now do so with Lyft or another company that actually provides good customer service, without having to get an "in" for the privilege of paying for someone else's exploitative, obscenely priced medallion.  

Themerrick
Themerrick

Old ladies at the grocery store, all people from hospitals, business people from airports, DUIs that lost thier Licence, poor people, handicapped, tourists, and drunks like you. That's who needs a cab.

Themerrick
Themerrick

Old people at the grocery store, businessmen to the airport, tourists, diabetics to and from dialysis, the poor, and the rich, and not unimportantly your drunk ass when no one else would dare. That's who.

pinenut
pinenut

@DaveBobSutton San Francisco cabbies have shown ZERO initiative to improve the quality of their drivers or services.  Only in the face of competition do they start whining about losing their sanctioned monopoly.    Funny that you talk about risk and safety, when it's the cabbies that systematically drive like inconsiderate psychopaths, endangering passengers, drivers, bikers, and pedestrians alike.

vetipie
vetipie

@Eric Gonzalez yes you can, call 311 and report taxi drivers

mylk
mylk

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pinenut
pinenut

@vetipie You might as well be shouting into the void.  The absolute dearth of public & economic accountability for cabbies is what's driven people to other services.

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