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San Francisco Supervisors Suspend Fees For Uber, Lyft And Taxi Drivers

cbslocal – excerpt (includes video)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to temporarily suspend business registration licenses and fees for drivers of taxis, Uber and Lyft, amid a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the city attorney alleging that state law gives preferential treatment to Uber and Lyft drivers.

Sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the ordinance amends the city’s Business and Tax Regulations Code so that transportation network company drivers and taxi drivers won’t have to apply for a business registration license and pay fee requirements for the time being… (more)

Uber ‘thumbing its nose at the law’: San Francisco city attorney

By Ethan Baron : mercurynews – excerpt

Lyft good, Uber bad… (more)

Lyft, SF agree who can see ride-hailing data — putting pressure on Uber : “Lyft’s compliance shows that Uber’s arguments here are baseless,” Herrera said. “It’s time for Uber’s obstruction to end.”…(more)

State regulators lower fees for Uber, Lyft as ride-hail business booms

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

State regulators who oversee Uber and Lyft in California voted Wednesday to drastically lower the fees they charge the companies to fund oversight despite harsh critiques from San Francisco officials that current ride-hail safety enforcement is understaffed, underfunded and ineffective.

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to decrease the amount of revenue required from Uber, Lyft and other transportation companies in California, with little discussion, after hearing from representatives across San Francisco who demanded transparency and stronger regulation of the ride-hail industry…(more)

SF Sues state over Uber business License Law

San Francisco is challenging a new state law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to avoid obtaining business licenses in cities they operate, calling it a “special exemption” and a “carve out.”

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against the state of California to invalidate aspects of Senate Bill 182, which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain only one business license in a California city, as opposed to a business license in every city they pick up passengers in.

The suit was filed in conjunction with the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which itself has filed more than 25 legal missives challenging regulations of Uber and Lyft with the companies’ state regulators. The San Francisco agencies are seeking to restore local fees and local control… (more)

City’s partnership with Uber, Lyft stalls

Refusal to share data puts plan to subsidize downtown rides in limbo

Last year, Mountain View officials entered a deal to underwrite the costs of downtown Uber and Lyft rides in exchange for data to help guide the city’s future transportation planning. But after nearly a year of discussions, city officials say they are no closer to reaching an agreement because both companies refuse to share their trip data…(more)

Documents reveal which streets SF is considering for Uber, Lyft curb pilot

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

A list of areas where parking spaces may be converted into Uber and Lyft loading zones has been narrowed to eight streets across The City, from the Marina District and Hayes Valley to the Inner Sunset and Fisherman’s Wharf, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco Examiner…

Those streets are Hayes Street between Laguna and Gough streets in Hayes Valley, Clement Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues in the Inner Richmond, Irving Street between Eighth and 10th avenues in the Inner Sunset, Chestnut Street between Scott and Fillmore streets in the Marina District, 24th Street between Castro and Church streets in Noe Valley, Bay Street between Powell and Columbus streets in North Beach, and perhaps Howard Street — either between Second and Fremont streets or Third and Fourth streets — in South of Market… (more)

Not sure how they will add any more curb space use to 24tht Street that is already overwhelmed with tech buses.