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.
According to The San Francisco Cab Drivers Association & The United
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.