Posts Tagged ‘drivers’

Harsh: Our SFMTA Uses Bus Ads to Attack Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar – Six Reasons Why S.F. Taxis are Better Than Ridesharing

Monday, June 10th, 2013

All right, here’s the new side-of-the-bus ad from our SFMTA, the slowest large transit agency in American history (And I’m srsly on that one. Can you name me one slower? OK then.)

“Do You Know What You’re Getting Into?”

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By the numbers:

1. Trained drivers with extensive training [And people say bloggers talk funny!]

2. Proper insurance [A low blow! But yes, SFMTA, you have a valid point here.]

3. Your support of local San Francisco drivers. [Some yes, some not]

4. Driver background checks. [Meh.]

5. Safety and meter inspection [Meh.]

6. Formal process for dispute resolution [Meh.]

OK, now how old are you, SFMTA? Not too old but old enough to have been in charge of this:

Was this SFMTA-licensed driver trained with extensive training to, IDK, investigate fires before people die?

Apparently not. How many fares have Lyft drivers killed?

Speaking of which, what about  the sad case of Julie Christine Day, who was last seen alive leaving the Bubble Lounge on Montgomery?

One of your vaunted, extensively-trained, fully licensed and insured drivers started up his fully-inspected meter and then immediately set about murdering his fare, right, SFMTA?

So, what the Hell?

All right, SFMTA, you might have some good points about Lyft and Sidecar and Uber (look for the orange rear-view window cozies, I’m srsly) and the illegal limos and the out-of-town taxi drivers making illegal pickups in the 415.

But you are biased by your 50% tax on taxi medallions, among other things.

So let’s mark this effort as yet another failed initiative from the SFMTA.

LYFT DON’T WANT NO SCRUBS! Uh, Lyft Drivers Have “PASSENGER FILTERS” to Screen Out the Less Generous?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Hey, what’s this?

“PASSENGER FILTERS

Control the minimum average donation riders must have to ride with you. A higher setting may lower the number of requests you receive.

Minimum average donation: 90%”

It’s the choice Lyft Taxi drivers have to screen out poorer passengers.

So yes, member of the public, you can “donate” whatever amount to your Lyft driver but if it’s not enough, you will NEVER see that driver again.

(And I thought we were friends, Lyft, after the fist bump and everything!)

Here’s what I’m talking about – this is screen that Lyfters use to filter you out, you scrub. Click to expand:

Is this news to you?

Well it’s news to me.

A scrub is a guy that thinks he’s fly
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass, so

No, I don’t want your number
No, I don’t wanna give you mine, and
No, I don’t wanna meet you nowhere
No, I don’t want none of your time, and

No, I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me
I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holla at me

But a scrub’s checkin’ me but his game is kinda weak
And I know that he cannot approach me
‘Cause I’m lookin like class and he’s looking like trash
Can’t get wit a deadbeat ass

Area Motorcycle Rider Drives As If He Were On A Fixie – Skidding About on a Locked Rear Wheel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.

Remember?

Good times.

Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.

Like just for fun. On McAllister:

He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)

Hats off to both these gentlemen.

If You Drive a Toyota Prius Hybrid, the Laws of California Don’t Apply to You, Apparently

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Thusly.

Market Street inbound, turning right down 4th Street:

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Lyft Taxi Driver Manages to Drive Her Under-Regulated Cab / Private Vehicle Without the Use of Hands – Hurray!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Let’s see here, the right hand is holding an electronic device, you know, the better to Lyft with.

And the left hand, well that’s acting as a cup holder for a beverage.

That means that some Lyft drivers steer with their knees.

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Hey Lyft! Why don’t you tell your taxi drivers to not violate VC 23123, you know, like every fucking minute of every fucking day they’re on the clock?

Oh you do?

But enforcing the law isn’t your job.

Hey, I know, why don’t you mount cameras on your taxis, you know, the way the SFMTA does with its vehicles?

How about a GoPro facing forward and another one mounted aimed towards the driver, so that he won’t be attempted to break any laws?

The “sharing economy” demands it, I’d say.

Most of the People Who Drive in San Francisco at Night Without Headlights Own Toyota Prius Hybrids

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

It’s uncanny.

Prius drivers are pretty bad to start with, so Toyota should have taken steps to make sure that they’d be aware that their headlights are not on.

Toyota didn’t.

Market Street, inbound:

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Oh well.

Detailed Report from The Bay Citizen re: San Francisco’s Sub-Par Taxi System – Going to the Sunset? Well, “Good Luck!”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Turns out that San Francisco’s cab system is more akin to “Crazy Taxi 3 WestCoast (San Francisco)” than not.

See if you agree after perusing this lengthy bit from transportation writer Zusha Elinson

Hey, it’s the video game version of Levi’s Plaza. Check it.

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And I’ll tell you, the reason why your cabbie doesn’t want to take you way the Heck out there to the West Side in the Richmond District or the Sunset District is that if s/he does then s/he will have less cash in his/her pocket at the end of the shift.

Probably.

Like $3 or $5 or $10 less.

Oh well.

It’s like if you’re a “chicken and water” customer at a restaurant, you dig? You and your three buds look down at the menu and spot the cheapest entree (chicken, at the one chain I’m thinking about) and then the cheapest “drink” (water, natch). You all are just as much trouble for the waitress as regular customers* and yet at the end of her shift, she’s walking home with $10 or $20 or $30 less than she would if she had had more typical customers plus she may very well get chided by her supe for not trying hard enough to “upsell” and whatnot.

So that’s why hacks generally don’t want to take you to 46th and Ortega. ‘Specially when the City is hopping.

*Or more, as chicken and water people have a reputation of being more demanding than average.

Bad Toyota Prius Hybrid Driver Stops for Peds in the Middle of the Wrong Crosswalk – Violating the Law, Slowly

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The problem with the Prius drivers is that they feel entitled to do what they want when they want PLUS they generally do their outrageous acts slowly.

As here, on Kearny. The actions of a pushy Ferrari confused this Prius driver, who entered the intersection about a second after his/her light went red. The driver then proceeded across the street s-l-o-w-l-y only to chirp the brakes in a panic stop in the middle of the crosswalk on the far side of the intersection:

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Later on, the driver just sat there with the brake lights off, which I don’t get either.

Prius drivers, you aren’t a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.

Take the HOV stickers off the corners of your ride and try to pay attention to the road.

Perhaps you could crack your windows to be more in touch with your environment?

Perhaps you could carpool, you know, with other people, if you want to drive in the carpool lane?

Perhaps you could save radio listening and phone talking for the freeway?

Just asking.

In closing, Prius drivers are terrible.

Another Sad Case of MUNI Fraud – And Yet, Does the SFMTA Give Tickets to Cable Car Drivers Who Steal $6 Fares? No

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

This is the face of MUNI Fraud.

North Face Girl didn’t pay her $2 fare, looks like.

So a crew of three SFMTA Inspectors had to take her down, for tout le monde to see.

See?

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Sponsored GIF:

Not really.

But what happens when a cable car driver steals a six dollar fare, like something that happens all the time every day?

Do MUNI Inspectors ever hand out citations for that?

I don’t know.

Heh: “Laws Don’t Exist Merely to Frustrate the Business Ambitions of Coastal Hipsters” – Writer Paul Carr vs. Uber Taxi

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Via Monika Bauerlein comes this take-down of Uber Cab, and Lyft and Side Car and the like as well, I suppose.

A quote of a quote:

Matt Kochman… served as Uber’s founding general manager in New York before he left last year. Kochman left Uber to do consulting for transportation brands and startups, fed up with Uber’s irreverent attitude toward regulators. “Discounting the rules and regulations as a whole, just because you want to launch a product and you have a certain vision for things, that’s just irresponsible,” Kochman said.

Yep, pretty much.