Tuesday, April 19, 2016

San Francisco making a huge mistake with Business License Fee

Is the taxi industry in on this recent business license request? San Francisco City Treasurer is attempting to collect $91 from 37,000 TNC drivers. What this city official fails to notice is that a fair number of those drivers don't service San Francisco. With low fares, these drivers don't make much money.

Why is Jose Cisneros trying to siphon $91 per driver? Who revealed the names of these 37,000 TNC drivers? Did he gain access to this information ethically? Can TNC drivers opt out of paying this registration if they don't rely on San Francisco rides? 

If you want to know the real truth, San Francisco has the worst roads in the Bay Area. It's traffic problem is so bad, drivers get stuck in this mess during rush hour. So many TNC vehicles experienced extreme damage driving on San Francisco streets. 

Sewage drains, potholes, cracked roads, eroded streets, cable car tracks, Muni tracks, high hills, and other road challenges destroy TNC vehicles. Crossover Dr. has deep potholes that can/will ruin axles, wear down tires, blow out shocks, and cause suspension damage. 

Minimum wage drivers are expected to pay $91 per year for the past two years. Is this City Treasurer misinformed to assume all these drivers are servicing San Francisco residents and tourists? Just because he has a list of TNC drivers doesn't mean these drivers work in San Francisco. 

Does this city official know that drivers can work anywhere in California? Expecting TNC drivers who make chump change to pay business license fees in all cities is unethical. There is no way drivers earn enough to afford multiple business fees. What we hear is that other cities want to follow San Francisco.

If TNC drivers must pay multiple business fees, state legislatures need to step-in and make one state business license fee payable. This business license should cover all California cities. 

SFO is already double and triple dipping in charging $8-$12 per UberPool vehicle with 2-3 clients. This action should be stopped because taxis driving shared rides don't pay multiple fees. 

Should TNC drivers be punished to increase San Francisco revenue? San Francisco ride business is not that valuable to charge ridesharing drivers a $91 annual fee. It is a petty move to take this action. 

How about doing your job to fix transportation problems within San Francisco? Before you take advantage of minimum wage drivers providing a privilege to residents and tourists, realize your actions to collect fees without understanding that not all drivers work in San Francisco can prove costly to your city.  

It wouldn't take much effort to stop servicing San Francisco. Your city already collects multiple bridge tolls. Terrible road conditions ruin TNC vehicles. Taking this course of action can jeopardize future transportation offerings. BART is unreliable with their constant delays. Late buses and Muni services force riders to use TNC services. 

SF residents and tourists will lose out. They'll have to depend on horrible taxi services and public transportation to get around congested San Francisco streets. 

SFO trips are not worth the time to complete. With airport fees taken out and given to SFO, drivers barely see any money after all fees are deducted off the top. 

The city of San Francisco is all about the money. This city doesn't care about TNC drivers. These ridesharing drivers can't operate like taxis and buses. Red lanes are not open to TNC vehicles. They can't make left turns on Market and Mission. No loading zones available on Market. Moreover, taxi zones are only reserved for taxis/cabs. 

Jose Cisneros is requesting 37,000 TNC drivers to pay $91. We believe this SF City Treasurer is intelligent to hold this elected city position, but his actions are amateur at best. He assumes all these drivers are working in San Francisco. What this city official fails to notice is that a percentage of drivers may no longer be performing ridesharing services after multiple fare cuts influenced their earnings. 

Some drivers on this list stopped going online. A fair number of drivers avoid San Francisco to save their vehicles from major wear and tear. It is not worth wasting time and money traveling into San Francisco. Your traffic problem influences the bottom line. 

Bay Area cities understand that safety matters. You still haven't solved the crime problem in SF. Two months ago, a tourist visiting his niece was killed in Japan Town. He was shown on a surveillance video getting stabbed in the head. Ridesharing drivers give safe rides to reduce violent attacks such as this sad event. 

Go ahead and propose this business license fee. Your actions could prove costly to San Francisco. Tourists want to visit San Francisco to explore this world renowned city. They shouldn't be expected to wait for taxis and buses that take forever to show up. These visitors deserve quick, reliable, and safe transportation. Their safety matters most. 

It appears you want to penalize a large group of people making below minimum wage. They make San Francisco a safer place, moving riders around at night and away from dangerous people. According to numerous riders, taxis/cabs deny service to outer Sunset and Richmond residents. 

Now, you want to collect a business license fee without knowing that not all drivers work in SF. You're setting a bad example for other cities to follow. Going down this road will jeopardize safety standards in your city.  

San Francisco has a lot of work to do. Fix your poor roads. Open up taxi lanes to TNC vehicles. Allow left turns designated for taxis and buses. Paint new passenger loading zones for safe drop-offs and pick-ups. Do something productive to deserve this fee. 

Do you really believe 37,000 TNC drivers are actively working in San Francisco? Educate yourself to understand how ridesharing services really works. No driver is restricted to transport San Francisco riders. There are many surrounding cities that appreciate safe rides.  

Take care of your businesses; otherwise, they won't stay in San Francisco. If the homeless and crime problem worsen in San Francisco, tourists will notice this and avoid visiting your city.