The reason there is regulation in transportation is to prevent congestion, provide for public safety on the roads and give recourse to someone if they are harmed in the course of travel. Lyft and their BS secret “insurance policy” is a complete lie. When you sign up as a user/driver you are waiving your rights to financial recourse if something happens to you and waiving your constitutional right to a jury trial should you even manage to get them into court. Your typical vehicle accident that results in a permanent handicap will end up with a settlement in the tens of millions. Does this self professed “broke” 20 year old have the insurance to cover this? NOPE. But a licensed legal taxi does, this is why they are licensed and legal in the first place. Without protections for passengers, this is a problem, and we have barely touched on the fact that lyft does not provide workers comp for the drivers (who incidentally have also signed away their rights to sue lyft should something happen to them while working), or even look out for their drivers from whom they are making their money. Cab companies customers are the drivers, the drivers customers are the passengers (strangers), who can sometimes harm the drivers whom the cab companies protect with partitions, workers comp and video cameras to catch and prosecute the strangers that cause harm to the drivers.
Moreover, the author’s (and Lyfts) claims that drivers only use the app as drivers sporadically is a complete lie. Its been proven by many parties that Lyft actively encourages drivers to work long hours and focus on areas and hours of traditional high taxi demand. This is contrary to the definition of ridesharing and, by many observations, actually increasing congestion. There are many reports of lyft drivers having suspended licenses, no insurance, driving intoxicated and selling drugs while working for lyft. Again this is not ridesharing.
Stop Lyft before someone gets hurt physically, financially or otherwise.
DANGEROUS for driver
DANGEROUS for passenger
DANGEROUS for others on the streets
DOES NOT reduce congestion
NO LEGAL OR FINANCIAL RECOURSE FOR ANYONE USING THE SERVICE
an actual expert on these matters
S.F. Transp. Code 1106
$5000 fine for driving a taxi without a permit.
Cal. Ins. Code § 11580.24
Cal. Pub. Util. Code § 460.3 (ADA accesible)
Cal. Pub. Util. Code § 5353 (RIDESHARING)
(h) Transportation of persons between home and work locations or of persons having a common work-related trip purpose in a vehicle having a seating capacity of 15 passengers or less, including the driver, which are used for the purpose of ridesharing, as defined in Section 522 of the Vehicle Code, when the ridesharing is incidental to another purpose of the driver.
Califrornia Vehicle Code
§522. “Ridesharing” means two or more persons traveling by any mode, including, but not limited to, carpooling, vanpooling, buspooling, taxipooling, jitney, and public transit.
Christopher Dolan ESQ 1 of 3 – Passenger Dangers
Christopher Dolan ESQ 2 of 3 – Driver Dangers
THE WORST LAW LYFT IS BREAKING:
California Business & Professions Code
§17200. As used in this chapter, unfair competition shall mean and include any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising and any act prohibited by Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 17500) of Part 3 of Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code.