Friday, April 5, 2013
SFO Serves Cease-And-Desist Orders to Lyft, Sidecar and Instant Cab: SFMTA to Put on 8 to 12 More Inspectors
The MTA has been a little slow on the uptake but they are to be commended for finally taking action. Kudos.
The San Francisco Airport Cracks Down on Fake Ride-Sharing Companies.
Just passing on the news since I haven't done the legwork myself. Here is the link to the Tech Crunch article.
In addition, a news source has finally come out with a piece against the characters who run Lyft and Sidecar ... well, at least the Bay Guardian sees the companies for what they are. Maybe in the next post, the paper will let their readers know that John Zimmer and Sunil Paul are telling their drivers and riders that Lyft and Sidecar's vehicles are insured when they are not. Here is the link to the Bay Guardian.
BTW - I came in late from Las Vegas last Wednesday night and waited for half an hour for a friend to pick me up at Southwest - the first terminal at SFO. While I stood there, five old Toyotas or Hondas came by one at a time and pulled up in front of me. Each driver held a cell phone while he studied a GPS map on the dash with a baffled look on his face. After a few minutes each drove on. Apparently none of them had had the smarts to look up where the various terminals were before they left the city.
On the other hand, there were no Lyfts. Maybe the drivers take off the mustaches before they go to the airport. In any case, these clowns should make fat targets for Taxi Service inspectors. They certainly are not hard to spot.
You can read the CBS report on SFO's Cease and Desist letters at this link.
SFO spokesman Doug Yakel is quoted as saying:
“We’re certainly open to new business concepts, but we want to apply the same standard to all that operate here at SFO and that requires going through the permit process.”