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...
"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."
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...
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."
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....
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."
Love this story:
"Born during the Panama-Pacific International Expo to ferry around the glut of attendees and workers in town to see San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 earthquake — at a time when there were private streetcar lines competing with what would become Muni — jitneys quickly became a popular way to commute.
Private automobiles were rare in those days, so these shared-ride services reached a varied demographic. In the 1910s, there were more than 1,400 jitneys operating in the city, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. By comparison, there are 1,800 licensed taxis in the city today (and an unknown number of Ubers and Lyfts).
As the decades passed, more and more options for getting around became available, including commuting solo by automobile and an expanded Muni. After BART entered service in the early 1970s, jitney use sharply declined, in part because no new permits were being issued, but mostly because city regulations requiring jitneys to charge fares equal or greater to public transit removed patrons' incentives. Why ride a jitney when the bus costs the same?"
After 44 years of regular service, San Francisco's last jitney has sat idly on a SoMa street corner for weeks. Every day since the Nixon...
The SFMTA is voting on new restrictions for ridesharing on Market Street. From Uber's blog:
"As the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) revisits its rules for the types of vehicles allowed on Market Street — your ability to take an Uber from Market Street is at risk — and we need you to speak up in support of ridesharing services like Uber.
NEW SFMTA RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL IMPACT YOU:
→ Taxis on Market Street - APPROVED
→ Buses on Market Street - APPROVED
→ Ridesharing on Market Street - DENIED"
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.
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.
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.
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."