Tuesday, January 17, 2017

San Francisco blame ridesharing drivers for traffic: Can drivers blame riders for traffic?

Ridesharing app users are getting spoiled with the very technology that gives them major flexibility. Recently, San Francisco blamed ridesharing drivers for clogging up the roads and creating traffic. One of their major gripes are drivers double-parking. Why do drivers need to double-park?

Riders request rides to their pickup address. It's all too common, a repetitive theme, that riders will watch drivers travel to retrieve them and won't be ready to accept these rides. Even after an initial text message and a call 5 minutes later, these riders are still no-shows. However, riders are quick to call the moment a driver accepts a request - questioning the ETA and why they're taking too long.

San Francisco can continue blaming ridesharing drivers for their traffic problem. Drivers can blame riders for failing to be ready. When riders are no-shows and/or late to accept rides, this causes most drivers to double-park for longer periods of time. As a result of this action, busy roads such as Franklin, Gough, Bush, and Mission can get congested because motorists must move around double-parked vehicles. Mail trucks, delivery trucks, and other vehicles are also double-parked on busy streets.

As most know, city bus drivers power through city streets with audacity. Forget the traffic laws, MTA drivers make their own rules. Watch out when your light turns green. On the opposing side of street, there may be a bus driver running a red light with a full bus of riders.

Let's not even discuss the crazy driving of taxi drivers. They also rely on double-parking to retrieve passengers. We don't hear any criticism directed toward them. At the same time, these "Bat out of Hell" drivers increase the risk of accidents with their "no hold barred" driving style.

If riders were ready to accept rides, ridesharing drivers could avoid double-parking at higher rates than normal. One way to avoid dealing with late riders: Cancel them 5 minutes after you arrive. With UberPool, watch the 2 minute timer and cancel when it expires. Teach riders a valuable lesson to be on time or risk paying a fee and not getting a ride. Nonetheless, riders will express anger and spread lies to make their drivers appear heartless. There are reasons that some drivers act the way they do.

Respect goes both ways. Drivers should respect their riders. If riders disrespect them, they can take action using the rating system. On the inverse, riders can also use the rating system to warn the ride community of poor drivers. The underlying issues that contribute to traffic on busy streets: (1) Riders request rides to busy areas (2) Wait took long to show-up (3) No-shows (4) Requested wrong pickup address (5) Request drivers to wait for them.

San Francisco blamed ridesharing drivers for creating massive traffic congestion. So many factors outside of ridesharing contribute to traffic. Drivers should follow the cancellation rules to the letter. Show up to exact address, wait 5 minutes, and then cancel. If UberPool, wait for timer to expire after 2 minutes and cancel trip. This action will improve traffic flow. It will also teach riders to stop making drivers wait, especially when they could be ready during the 'En Route' process.

Drivers will make their well-deserved cancellation fee and can move to the next fare. Meanwhile, no-show riders and those who lack knowledge of ride platforms will eventually speed up their learning curve after losing money and time. Time = money. Both sides have much to lose. If drivers follow ride policies, they have nothing to worry about. In the meantime, riders delaying the pickup process is one reason there is traffic in San Francisco.