Uber Safety

A friend who still lives in The City sent this our way, noting:

I’ve personally not had any issues with Uber and I use them all the time. I mean ALL the time. But Marta (you remember her? the German blond with the tats and the oral fixation? thought so…) met up with us the other night at City Lights and told us this amazing story about the Uber driver who took her the wrong way down Broadway past Larkin headed toward the tunnel. He just didn’t stop or try to turn around or anything. Marta of course was entranced but I would have peed the guy’s seat. Anyway thought you might be interested what with KC negotiating with them. Later.”

In the wake of a Uber driver arrested after allegedly hitting and injuring a cyclist in Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday, more questions are being raised about driver safety requirements.

Specifically, taxis are regulated by SFMTA and are required to take 28 hours of classes through one of four approved private driving schools, and another day of training through the SFMTA. An hour of the SFMTA training includes instruction on sharing the road with bicyclists and pedestrians, is taught by a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. At least two hours of testing is required. And as part of the city’s Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024, SFMTA is instituting a large vehicle urban driving safety program for all large vehicle drivers who work for the city.

All told, as Central City Extra covered in their latest issue, there are 71 pages of dense regulations for cab drivers to follow. Not so for drivers working for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or limo companies, which are not regulated by the SFMTA — they only have 28 simple regulations to follow […]

Frisbee confirmed that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is in talks with Lyft to include online safety training. What about Uber? “At this point, Uber has decided that our safety training is not worth their investment,” Frisbee said. She said Uber told the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition the company “found someone else to do it,” but when it asked for details, including who was giving the training, how long it lasted and what was included, “they said ‘we’re not sharing it’,” she said.

We haven’t been paying close attention to the Uber negotiations locally but surely there will be some mandatory safety training, n’est-ce pas?

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