San Francisco police say most traffic tickets go to Uber and Lyft drivers

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San Francisco police say most traffic tickets go to Uber and Lyft drivers
Washington Post 9/26/17

San Francisco’s Police Department has found that nearly two-thirds of the traffic citations issued to drivers downtown went to Uber and Lyft drivers, local media report.

Illegal U-turns, blocking traffic, blocking bike lanes — you name it, and ride-hailing drivers for Lyft or Uber, either on or off duty, were ticketed for allegedly doing it, according to a police commander’s testimony before the city’s Land Use and Transportation Committee on Monday. The police department’s findings were reported by Curbed San Francisco and the San Francisco Examiner.

During a targeted observation period from April 1 to June 30, San Francisco police issued 2,656 traffic violations in the city’s downtown areas, and of those, 1,723 — or nearly 65 percent — went to Lyft and Uber drivers, according to the reported testimony from Robert O’Sullivan, commander of municipal transportation for the police.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle also reported that Uber and Lyft also are responsible for a lot of downtown congestion. The Chronicle says Uber and Lyft drivers account for about 170,000 trips on a typical workday, or 15 percent of all vehicular traffic in the city. That data was presented to the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Transportation Committee by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the Chronicle reports. It says the influx of ride-hailing vehicles may help explain why traffic on city thoroughfares is now only about 12 mph at peak times.

“We are supportive of holistic efforts to address congestion and have been in conversations with city officials for months to engage collaboratively on a pilot program to do just that,” Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Harrison said in an email. She didn’t address the San Francisco Police Department’s report on citations. We’ll update when we hear back from Uber.

The news comes as Uber’s latest round of troubles included a decision last week by London transportation authorities not to renew its operating license there, a decision the ride-hailing pioneer has been appealing. In Canada, meanwhile, Uber announced Tuesday that it will cease operations there if the government doesn’t back off rules that would require Uber drivers to undergo the same number of training hours as taxi drivers, the Associated Press reports.

Harry Campbell, who drives for Lyft and Uber and runs the Rideshare Blog , said he sees Lyft’s and Uber’s woes as part of the normal process of adjustment for a mode of transportation that’s still relatively new. Cities are still trying to balance the good that ride-hailing has done by disrupting traditional taxi service and giving consumers what they want, vs. the on-the-street consequences from having bent the rules and torn up previous business practices, he said. And cities are still trying to catch up.

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“It doesn’t take a genius to realize that every time you look in a big city like L.A. or London or San Francisco, that you have these unmarked Uber and Lyft cars that are double-parking, and causing traffic and congestion and getting ticketed,” Campbell said in an interview Tuesday. “And so while there is a definitely a lot of societal good they do — such as reducing drunken driving — there’s definitely a trade-off and some costs … And I think that’s what these cities need to think about in a smarter way.”
 
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JimKE

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SFPD is obviously profiling Uber/Lyft drivers due to corrupt political influences from the taxi industry.

SFPD has more than 2,100 officers. In THREE MONTHS, those 2,100 officers wrote only 2,656 tickets? What is that -- like 0.5 tickets PER MONTH per officer??? They're obviously only going after the low-hanging fruit (no offense, SFO).

Time to get to work, officers!
 

sanchez15

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Only 1 reply to this article on here?! What article does not mention is that Uber and Lyft force their drivers to wait for riders --first 2m unpaid by Uber! Waiting at all is dangerous and is what is causing this issue! I drive in SF and if the passenger is not there I do not wait at all, not even 5 seconds. Its way too dangerous and I risk a ticket, etc. If no one waited, tickets would go down and riders would learn to be ready as well as to not request pick ups in red zones --- should these apps not have the intelligence to know a rider is requesting to be picked up in a red zone?!

Its Uber and Lyft that are at the cause of this issue. Whoever wrote this article is not even aware of it --drivers really need to speak up.
 

uberdriverfornow

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And still not a single traffic ticket in history ever issued to any taxi driver in any country, city, or municipality. Just amazing.

You see them doing the most ridiculous things and a free pass each and every single time. Just amazing.
 

SEAL Team 5

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San Francisco police issued 2,656 traffic violations in the city’s downtown areas, and of those, 1,723 — or nearly 65 percent — went to Lyft and Uber drivers. It says the influx of ride-hailing vehicles may help explain why traffic on city thoroughfares is now only about 12 mph at peak times.


Stupid and slow. No wonder why Uber only has 2 1/2 star rating on Yelp.
 
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