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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SideCar Becomes First Car-hire Service Allowed at SF Airport

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

An acrimonious battle between San Francisco Airport officials and the city's three major app-based car-hire services may be close to a resolution, per a sunny PR blitz from one of the services today.

According to a blog posted by SideCar founder Sunil Paul, SideCar is the first company to reach an agreement with SFO. It now has permission to pick up and drop off passengers at the airport, and expects to resume operations within the next 30 days.

That bodes well for Uber and Lyft, which were both targeted in an April sting operation to catch illegal car-hire operators. Between April 15 and May 5, the San Francisco Police Department's Airport Bureau handed out 110 citations, 101 of which went to contractors with UberX. Drivers were cited for lacking proper trade dress and proof of insurance.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel says the floodgates aren't open just yet. SideCar is the first, and only, transportation network company to sign a permit. Lyft and Uber have yet to do so.

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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