Uber

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A fool’s money is not long in his pockets

It’s only 10 p.m., but when the guy wearing a green suit…

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If you can’t get a fare home safe, you’re not much of a cab driver. (Courtesy photo)

What’s in a passenger?

Not much is happening. Just a boring Thursday night. I pull up…

If you can’t get a fare home safe, you’re not much of a cab driver. (Courtesy photo)
A woman opens the door to an Uber/Lyft car on Market Street in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

CPUC delays vote on ride-hail regulations until next month

State regulators announced late Wednesday they will delay a controversial vote on…

A woman opens the door to an Uber/Lyft car on Market Street in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
But part of being a cab driver is the ability to overcome obstacles, remain calm and get the job done — no matter what the night throws at you. (Courtesy photo)

Being resourceful just one part of a cab driver’s job

It’s all downhill to the National yard, I think, with relief, as…

But part of being a cab driver is the ability to overcome obstacles, remain calm and get the job done — no matter what the night throws at you. (Courtesy photo)
As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)

On the recitation of the waybill

The National barbecue is a cross between a hobo cookout and a…

As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)
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)
Media trucks are parked outside of the Kalamazoo County Building on Monday, in Kalamazoo, Mich.  (Bryan M. Bennett/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Uber got complaints about Kalamazoo suspect’s driving

DETROIT — Ride-hailing company Uber received a complaint about erratic driving by…

Media trucks are parked outside of the Kalamazoo County Building on Monday, in Kalamazoo, Mich.  (Bryan M. Bennett/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)
Police investigate the scene early Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, where people were shot in vehicles outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Gunman kills 6 at apartment complex, dealership, restaurant

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A gunman who seemed to choose his victims at…

Police investigate the scene early Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, where people were shot in vehicles outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

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)
Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Uber asks regulators for do-over on $7.6 million fine

Ride-hail company Uber was found “in contempt” of California regulators last month,…

Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)
The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Battles on the streets before the Big Game

Last weekend, the No. 1 topic of conversation in my cab was…

The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
A San Francisco police officer watches as an Uber driver rolls down Market Street on Monday afternoon in protest of the ride-hail company’s recent fare cuts. (Yesica Prado/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Uber drivers protest slashed fares

Dozens of Uber drivers on Monday leaned on their horns, repeatedly honking…

A San Francisco police officer watches as an Uber driver rolls down Market Street on Monday afternoon in protest of the ride-hail company’s recent fare cuts. (Yesica Prado/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Peter Mendoza sits in his motorized wheelchair while his wife, Jennifer, helps push it out of their Dodge Grand Caravan on Jackson Street last week. Jennifer Mendoza was for a time one of only two drivers offering wheelchair-accessible Uber vehicles in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Married couple pioneers Uber’s wheelchair-accessible fleet

Transit options for wheelchair users are dwindling. Now one married couple, Jennifer…

Peter Mendoza sits in his motorized wheelchair while his wife, Jennifer, helps push it out of their Dodge Grand Caravan on Jackson Street last week. Jennifer Mendoza was for a time one of only two drivers offering wheelchair-accessible Uber vehicles in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Following the night, for better or worse

All good rides are alike, but each shitty ride is shitty in…

Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Uber isn’t to blame for Yellow Cab bankruptcy

So the biggest cab company in San Francisco has gone bankrupt. Conventional…

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Sweeping new regulations proposed for Uber, Lyft may level playing field for taxis

Uber and Lyft may soon face tighter-than-ever inspections on how it calculates…

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Yellow Cab declared bankruptcy recently, and while the techies see that as a victory for market disruption, concertgoers might see it differently when they can't find their ride. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

All the young passengers

The kids were out in full force this weekend, despite the downpours…

Yellow Cab declared bankruptcy recently, and while the techies see that as a victory for market disruption, concertgoers might see it differently when they can't find their ride. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
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
(Eric Risberg/AP)

Uber may pay $7.6 million fine to California, pending vote

Tech transportation company Uber may be fined $7.6 million, a penalty now…

(Eric Risberg/AP)