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Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin listens to a speaker during the annual retreat of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Top SF transit official frustrated by lack of Uber, Lyft regulations

San Francisco plays almost no role in regulating Uber and Lyft locally.…

 

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

Uber, SF clash in state talks over fingerprint criminal checks

San Francisco officials and ride-hail company Uber clashed in state legal filings…

 

Jeff Chiu/AP file photo

State approves sweeping new regulations for Uber, Lyft but delays rules on leased vehicles

Uber and Lyft vehicles in California must now play by a whole…

 

Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)

One app to rule them all

Every other Thursday, before I start my shift at National, I head…

Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)

Innovating ancient ride-hail regulation

In mid-February, two Uber executives will go to trial in Paris for…

Driving for a living in San Francisco is risky business, and it’s no easy task navigating the streets without cutting a few corners. (Courtesy photo)

A hard lesson learned in the fast lane

Well, they finally got me. After a solid year of driving a…

Driving for a living in San Francisco is risky business, and it’s no easy task navigating the streets without cutting a few corners. (Courtesy photo)
Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)

Magnificent Meg and the dispatcher

There are days when L-I-F-E gets in the way of driving a…

Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)
Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s

Late-night adventures in an imbibing city

You know it’s a slow night when you decide to hit up…

Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s
Shop worker Sal Albowyha, above, applies decals to Flywheel’s first rebranded cab in February 2015, when DeSoto Cab Co. converted its business model to a charter transportation service. Yellow Cab Co-Op, at right, has maintained its traditional approach to operating taxis in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner

Tale of two taxis: Flywheel, Yellow Cab diverge in strategies

In the wake of a startling chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement by San…

Shop worker Sal Albowyha, above, applies decals to Flywheel’s first rebranded cab in February 2015, when DeSoto Cab Co. converted its business model to a charter transportation service. Yellow Cab Co-Op, at right, has maintained its traditional approach to operating taxis in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
Ride share and taxi at SFO (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

New Year’s Eve a bust for some Uber drivers, Lyft drivers make it out OK

Another New Year's Eve in San Francisco meant another night of rideshare…

Ride share and taxi at SFO (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)

Taxis may soon ditch old meters for smartphones

Taxis may soon throw their old meters and walkie-talkies into the trash…

The SFMTA has granted Flywheel permission to use an app, smartphone and credit card reader in 50 cabs in San Francisco. (Courtesy Flywheel)
An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

SF taxi drug testing policy may spread to Uber, Lyft

San Francisco cab drivers will be drug tested, thanks to a new…

An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Photo by Mike Koozmin, SF Examiner.

SFMTA board to vote on drug testing taxi drivers

San Francisco taxi drivers may soon be subject to drug and alcohol…

Photo by Mike Koozmin, SF Examiner.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors is tentatively set to vote on annual drug testing of local taxi drivers at its October meeting. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

City may soon drug test taxi drivers, even for medical marijuana

San Franciscans of all stripes can legally obtain medical marijuana cards, but…

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors is tentatively set to vote on annual drug testing of local taxi drivers at its October meeting. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
I’m a city driver. I can’t stop exploring. As much as things have changed here, an exhilarating madness continues to permeate the streets. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2012)

Let the good times roll for as long as possible

Coming back to The City on the 280 after an airport run,…

I’m a city driver. I can’t stop exploring. As much as things have changed here, an exhilarating madness continues to permeate the streets. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2012)
A striking taxi driver holds a placard which read, "Stop Uber, Stop listening," referring to the new US spying report in France, during a taxi drivers demonstration in Paris, France, on Thursday, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber

PARIS — French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out…

A striking taxi driver holds a placard which read, "Stop Uber, Stop listening," referring to the new US spying report in France, during a taxi drivers demonstration in Paris, France, on Thursday, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Mayors conference shows Uber support, infuriating San Francisco taxi industry

This week nearly 300 mayors from across the country are joining San…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. Examiner

Confessions of a Taxi Shill

Dear reader, it’s time I came clean. I am on the payroll…

Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. Examiner
AP file photoA new report is calling for California to force ride-hail companies to perform comprehensive criminal background checks of potential drivers.

Lax background checks compromise safety of ride-hail apps, study says

It's 2004 in Monroe County, Fla. A vehicle speeds down the Overseas…

AP file photoA new report is calling for California to force ride-hail companies to perform comprehensive criminal background checks of potential drivers.
AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERGIn this photo taken Tuesday

Uber testing tiered payment system

Will cutting Uber drivers’ pay spur them to drive more? That’s one…

AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERGIn this photo taken Tuesday