Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taxis Spinning Their Wheels in SFO Protest


Taxi drivers claim that companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, referred to as TNCs in California Public Utilities Commission regulations established last year, are not required to follow the same strict regulations as taxis despite providing the same service and should not be allowed to conduct business at the airport. 
The CPUC paved the way for TNCs to begin airport operations last year when it created regulations requiring them to get permits at airports. SFO became the first California airport to allow the companies to work there last month when it granted permits to Sidecar, then Uber, Lyft and Wingz. 
One point of contention in the new permits is that taxi drivers have to pay a fee of as much as $4 for each trip to the airport while the TNCs have a flat $3.85 fee for each pickup, San Francisco Cab Drivers Association board member Ashwani Aeri said today.
But Yakel said the $4 fee is only for longer trips and that shorter trips to nearby areas like Millbrae only carry a $2 fee, while the $3.85 fee is the same as for limousine services.
“We see the TNCs as more similar in business concept to a limo company” because they work with prearranged stops and not curbside pickups, Yakel said.

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