Uber

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Uber ordered to pay $7.6 million penalty, found in ‘contempt’ by regulator

A California regulatory body voted unanimously Thursday morning to fine Uber $7.6…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge will decide whether ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft should be required to use criminal background services to ensure the safety of passengers, namely unaccompanied minors. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Uber cuts passenger fares, drivers cry foul

Citing low winter ridership, Uber has slashed prices in 48 cities across…

A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge will decide whether ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft should be required to use criminal background services to ensure the safety of passengers, namely unaccompanied minors. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
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)
Forcing a cab driver to slow down or slsam on his breaks is a sure-fire way to create a new enemy on the streets. (Courtesy Photo)

The taxi you yield to may be your own

I’m heading west on Sutter with a fare, bobbing and weaving to…

Forcing a cab driver to slow down or slsam on his breaks is a sure-fire way to create a new enemy on the streets. (Courtesy Photo)
A Lyft "glowstache" rests on a dashboard of a car at the company's  San Francisco headquarters on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

‘Rideshare’ drivers brace for possible New Year’s Eve bust

As this week proves to be slow-going for Uber and Lyft drivers…

A Lyft "glowstache" rests on a dashboard of a car at the company's  San Francisco headquarters on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge will decide whether ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft should be required to use criminal background services to ensure the safety of passengers, namely unaccompanied minors. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Kids’ safety shapes background checks for Uber, Lyft drivers

California regulators are taking a hard look at whether kids should be…

A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge will decide whether ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft should be required to use criminal background services to ensure the safety of passengers, namely unaccompanied minors. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Photo courtesy Sidecar

Sidecar shuts down ‘rideshare’ service

Sidecar as it exists now is shutting down. The "rideshare" service launched…

Photo courtesy Sidecar
(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)

A fare in the backseat is worth two on the street

“Flywheel rules!” Mark exclaims as he climbs into the backseat of my…

(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)
Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ride-hail companies have been able to dodge San Francisco’s fuel-efficiency regulations for taxis, which were adopted by The City in 2008. (Jeff Chiu/2013 AP)

Uber, Lyft focus on green bills, not green cars

Joy to the world, a climate agreement has come. After two decades,…

Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ride-hail companies have been able to dodge San Francisco’s fuel-efficiency regulations for taxis, which were adopted by The City in 2008. (Jeff Chiu/2013 AP)
San Francisco's late-night bar crowd can make for an interesting ride, but a quality tip makes it all worthwhile. (Courtesy photo)

The patron saint of late-night drunks

It’s one of those nights. I’ve been driving empty for almost an…

San Francisco's late-night bar crowd can make for an interesting ride, but a quality tip makes it all worthwhile. (Courtesy photo)
An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Seattle approves letting Uber drivers unionize

SEATTLE - Seattle has become the first city in the nation to…

An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Uber drivers protest in front of their San Francisco headquarters, claiming they have not been treated fairly by the ride-sharing app. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Uber lawsuit heats up, judge grants more drivers class-action status

Potentially thousands more drivers may now join a class-action suit against tech-giant…

Uber drivers protest in front of their San Francisco headquarters, claiming they have not been treated fairly by the ride-sharing app. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)
In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)

Aiding and abetting passengers’ vices

So this hooker and an Irishman get in my cab at Post…

In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)
Memories of when it seemed like everyone wanted a cab ride is what fuels drivers to push through the winter drought. (Courtesy photo)

Being thankful, even when the wolves are at the door

Each month, like the foreboding arrival of the bagman for the mob,…

Memories of when it seemed like everyone wanted a cab ride is what fuels drivers to push through the winter drought. (Courtesy photo)
(Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)

Seeing with rear-view mirrors

When I agreed to be on a drivers panel for the Next:Economy…

(Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)
David Plouffe, Uber senior vice president of policy and communications, listens as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at the opening of the new Uber offices Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Driver says Uber targeted his profile after he critiqued high-level executive

An Uber driver who critiqued the company’s top-brass at a highly publicized…

David Plouffe, Uber senior vice president of policy and communications, listens as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at the opening of the new Uber offices Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(Eric Risberg/AP)

Uber charges for donations to veterans, called ‘shameless’

In an intended gesture of goodwill, Uber announced facilitated $5 donations to…

(Eric Risberg/AP)
National 182 sports a pink Carstache on the grill and a Glowstache on the dash. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The increasingly blurry lines of driving for hire

I was a Lyft driver for Halloween. The idea came to me…

National 182 sports a pink Carstache on the grill and a Glowstache on the dash. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Uber drivers protested in front of its San Francisco headquarters, claiming they have not been treated fairly by the ride-hailing company. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Time to accept gig economy for what it is

I’m under doctor’s orders not to discuss Uber or Lyft on the…

Uber drivers protested in front of its San Francisco headquarters, claiming they have not been treated fairly by the ride-hailing company. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)