These were my public comments today on the proposed ruling in the Order Instituting Rulemaking at the CPUC regarding the Smartphone Hailable Illegal Taxi Services (SHITS)….
As a San Francisco real estate agent I drive around the city all day every day with many quick stops to photograph property or preview for a client.
Over the last year I have witnessed a growing number of vehicles making dangerous maneuvers, stopped in blind corners and generally driving in the manner of a taxicab. Having had many near misses with these largely unmarked vehicles I have noticed that they are almost always marked with a pink mustache, sidecar socks or passengers entering or exiting the rear. I have had on numerous occasions had random strangers try to enter my vehicle thinking I am their Lyft, sidecar or UberX… This is a situation just begging for abuse by unscrupulous characters.
This is simply not safe for the other users of the road to have thousands of untrained and questionably insured drivers plying the streets like taxis, adding to congestion, pollution and increasing the danger to all.
The CPUC lacks the enforcement capability to safely regulate these services that are clearly acting as taxis and regulation should be handed over to the cities where on-demand transportation regulation belongs. Benefitting 20year olds at the expense of the rest of the population and a long established blue collar industry is simply not safe for the public at large.
TNCS are simply a veiled classist and racist attack on hard working Americans that young underemployed entitled kids do not understand or respect and quite simply don’t want to patronize.