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Ride-sharing companies, Uber, Lyft and Sidecar were just fined by the California Public Utilities Commission. I, for one, don't want to see these services disappear, only to be left with our regular taxis.

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Dan
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California bill would green-light on-demand car pools

A long-standing state law aimed at limos and taxis bars charging differing rates for shared rides. [...] in September, the California Public Utilities Commission notified them that the paid car pools violate state law. CPUC officials said they simply wanted to spur them to alert the Legislature that the code needed to be amended. “We remain...

www.sfgate.com/business/articl...

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Dan

"Ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX will have to obtain state licenses and put their drivers through training under rules passed Thursday by state regulators.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved 28 regulations that are designed to ensure the safety of a relatively new and increasingly popular transportation service in which riders and drivers connect through smartphone apps."

www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

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State adopts regs for Ride-share services

The California Public Utilities Commission approved 28 regulations that are designed to ensure the safety of a relatively new and increasingly popular transportation service in which riders and drivers connect through smartphone apps. The new rules require ride-sharing companies to hold minimum levels of insurance, run background checks on...

www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

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Tom K.

A big win!

"Today, we’re happy to share that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced a proposed decision that supports the continued legal operation of Lyft throughout the state of California. With the guidelines outlined in the proposed decision, the CPUC has set a new standard for safety in transportation while supporting innovation that makes cities safer, more affordable and better connected."

blog.lyft.me/post/56921397560/...

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CPUC Proposes New Category to Include Lyft

Today, we’re happy to share that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced a proposed decision that supports the continued legal operation of Lyft throughout the state of California....

blog.lyft.me/post/56921397560/...

Stanford Rosenthal
Stanford Rosenthal
Jul 31, 2013

Took this picture yesterday – would be a good cover photo for this idea :) instagram.com/p/cahGIfI7AP/

Posted by Stanford Rosenthal on Jul 31, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 31, 2013

That is UNREAL, but becoming more and typical in SF. Adding it as the photo!

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 31, 2013
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Dan

Progress from Sidecar's blog today: "Today marks a big victory for rideshare. We’ve reached an agreement with the California Pacific Utilities Commission (CPUC) that supports Sidecar’s continued legal operation in California and removes all citations and fines imposed against our company.

This agreement with the CPUC is seven months in the making. Even though the CPUC and Sidecar have shared goals for protecting safety and encouraging innovation, we felt it was important to wait to sign this agreement until it allowed us to work together while preserving the principles of rideshare. SideCar is a technology platform that enables peer-to-peer ridesharing and should not be regulated as if it’s operating a dispatch transportation service. This agreement makes this important distinction and also makes it clear that the CPUC does not have jurisdiction over our company."

blog.side.cr/2013/05/24/ridesh...

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Dan

From Lyft:

The California Senate is voting on AB 612 and 2293, two bills that stifle ridesharing with burdensome regulations. Email your state senator, and key senators, to let them know they should vote NO.

WHY ASK YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE NO:
1. They're anti-competitive: Both bills create an unequal regulatory burden that disadvantages ridesharing platforms to protect existing industries, with no basis in facts. AB 2293 would require TNCs to have insurance limits three times as high as LA cabs and 30 times higher than everyday California drivers.

2. They're unnecessary: The California Public Utilities Commission created a TNC framework that has served as a model across the nation because it was specifically designed for ridesharing. Both bills undermine the CPUC's rules.

3. They don't increase public safety: TNCs offer unique safety protocols not present in traditional services, including real-time ratings, GPS tracking, and identity verification. These bills ignore those benefits while forcing TNCs to adopt taxi-like driver requirements. Both bills will reduce access to ridesharing without increasing public safety.

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Dan

The SFMTA Board is voting on the proposed SF Carsharing Pilot Project tomorrow. We need your support.

The two-year project, which will include Getaround, City Carshare, and Zipcar, will dedicate approximately 900 on-street parking spots across the city for carshare vehicles. The pilot aims to accommodate the growing popularity of carsharing services in San Francisco and make carsharing a real alternative to car ownership in every neighborhood across San Francisco. In doing so, it also stands to improve San Francisco's local economy, traffic congestion, and environment by eliminating over 10,000 cars in San Francisco. But the project isn't a sure thing so we need your help.

Please sign this petition (secure.peers.org/page/signup/c...) and join sf.citi, Getaround, & Peers at 12:15 tomorrow at The Grove (301 Hayes Street). Coffee is on Getaround and then we will head over to City Hall together as a group. The SFMTA Board meeting is 1:00 PM at City Hall, Room 400.

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Eckhart Beatty

Members of the collaborative community in the mobility space should band together to provide services that are conducive to reduction in vehicle mileage overall. For example, a scooter organization could band together with a car company, or a semi-electric bike service might partner with another car sharing service. They all belong in the ecosystem and could occupy niches.
Regardless how alliances build out, people should commit to challenges in order to reduce their car mileage by biking and walking more. Car-pooling has its place, as well.

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Tom K.

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener said there are times when existing public transit is not enough, "and that's where shared mobility really comes into play."

The challenge for government regulators, he said, is "to make sure that instead of having a knee-jerk reaction" to shut down the new business models "that we're actually trying to work with this innovation and find a way to allow it to move forward."

www.sfgate.com/business/articl...

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Tom K.

I really like what's going on with this company Corral: www.getcorral.com/

"Imagine: a private car meets a bus. When you book a Corral Car, you get door-to-door service with other riders heading in the same direction as you."

Seems a lot truer to the spirit of ridesharing than what we currently have.

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Dan

From Natalie Peers at peers.org:

On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will vote on new rules for ridesharing in the state. The CPUC is very, very close to a landmark decision in favor of our right to rideshare. Now, they need to hear from us.

Join us Thursday morning for a breakfast meetup. We'll share a meal and then walk over to the CPUC to make our voices heard before they vote on whether to support ridesharing.

action.peers.org/page/m/374fa5...

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