Tuesday, January 29, 2013
CPUC Begins Rulemaking Process on Regulating Passenger Carriers, Ridesharing and New Online Enabled Transportion Services
These included representatives from: the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR), the Greater California Livery Association, the SFMTA in the persons of Deputy City Attorney Mairam Morley and Taxi and Accessible Services Director Christiane Hayashi, the City and Country of San Francisco, the Center For Accessible Technology, Hailo Cab, the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California, Uber, Sidecar, Lyft and the Personal Insurance Federation of California.
Numerous cab drivers or former cab drivers also signed up to present including Carol Osorio for Green Cab, Anne McVeigh, Mark Gruberg for the United Taxicab Workers , Robert Cesana for the Medallion Holders' Association, Barry Korengold for the San Francisco Cab Drivers' Association, Keith Raskin, Carl Macmurdo, Charles Rathbone for Luxor Cab, Tara Housman, Dan Hinds for National Cab, Dmitry Nazarov, Christopher Fulkerson, William Minikel, Peter Kirby and myself.
Many of the cab drivers have been at each others throats for years and I'm no exception. It should be interesting to see the lot of us more or less defending the same point of view for a change. Maybe we'll even get together for dinner and drinks. That hasn't happened since 2010.
Of special note is the presence of former Mayor Willie Brown, who is fronting for a Sidecar wannabe named Tickengo, with a plan to effectively deregulate the taxicab business and, incidentally, raise the cost of personal auto liability insurance for everyone in the State of California.
If anyone out there has any fresh ideas on the subject please send them to me as (short) comments to this post. If I like them, I'll see if I can include them in my presentations.