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Stephen Kruiser


June 6, 2014 - 3:27 pm


In some cities, ridesharing services like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber are just starting to take hold. But in San Francisco, they’re already clobbering the taxi industry. The president of DeSoto Cab Co., one of the biggest cab companies in the city, said in a recent interview that he would be surprised if San Francisco’s cab industry survives another 18 months.

The warning was published in a San Francisco Examiner article about the retirement of Chris Hayashi, the head of SF’s taxi industry. She said an interview with the Examiner that she’s retiring because she’s ready and not because “Travis [Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber] has kicked my ass.”

If the cab companies want to remain viable, they need to stop the heavy-handed approach and adapt to their new competitors. It is already happening in some cities (including here in Los Angeles), where cab companies have partnered with an app that mimics Uber’s.

Los Angeles tried to shut down the alternative services and it didn’t work. Uber and Lyft are presently ignoring the state of Virginia’s order.

If you don’t want to get run over, do your job better. Welcome to capitalism.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Pssst! How many bookstores are there today compared to 20 years ago? By the way, Uber is on the way to extinction too...
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Here's my concern: how do you know if your ride-sharer is not a criminal? (The linked article links to an article about a woman who allegedly was kidnapped by a driver. Charges against the driver were dropped.)

Also, how do you know if your ride-sharer is not stoned to the gills?

I don't like the heavy hand of government or unions, but how will people protect themselves from bad situations?
24 weeks ago
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Who will make the roads?
23 weeks ago
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Uber at least requires background checks on their drivers. I couldn't get to Lyft's website here at work, but seeing how damaging a driver preying on their fare would be for business, I can't imagine they don't do the same. And any self-respecting adult should be equipped and prepared to defend themselves.

If anything I'd be far more concerned as a driver, especially for the higher-end services. I can see how they could be used to ensure an expensive vehicle was at a certain place in a certain timeframe - a car theif's dream.
24 weeks ago
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With expanded insurance coverage, the taxicab medallions will be just a memory like MUNI tokens.
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