allstaractivist note: First off, I don’t know much about Uber nor any of the other clones out there. This is one of the few times that you will catch me slippin on my research. What I do know is this; Uber & friends are crack and the dealer slinging it is the United Nations, New World Order implementation of Agenda 21. The goal is to get you out of your car and become dependent on driver-less cars for travel. Guess who will be in charge of those? Private car ownership will be regulated out of existence for all but the wealthy and everything will be done under the moral banner of “environmentalism”. Have you seen what’s happened to Market Street here in San Francisco? Imagine streets everywhere that prohibited private cars. If you drive for Uber or any of the clones, you are facilitating your own extinction. Get it?
I’m going to keep this short and sweet (like me). I first knew that there was something evil about Uber when I discovered that they were allowed to operate without buying taxi medallions from the city. Is anyone reading this old enough to remember “Gypsy Cabs”? The term was popularly used to describe an unlicensed cab operating in a city without holding that city’s taxi medallion. Typically, people who were already cab drivers would outfit a private vehicle with taxi cab regalia and hang out near centers of activity, like the airport or downtown. Basically it was a way for someone to make a little extra money. You had to be careful though, if medallion holders caught you they would report you.
The cost of a taxi medallion usually ranged from a quarter of a million to half a million dollars, per taxi. That’s right, to operate a cab legally in any city, you may as well have made one out of a Bently. Competition was fierce and the medallions generated revenue for the cities.
In steps Uber. Now put your thinking cap on for a minute and try to figure out why cities all across America would almost instantly let go of all that taxi medallion revenue while simultaneously losing taxi company tax revenue, just for one company called Uber? Uber drivers pay no money to the cities they operate in other than traffic fines here and there, a far cry from what the taxi cab companies used to provide. Why oh why would the cities do that?
The cities have agreed to allow Uber due to the money behind it. It’s said that George Sorros is one of the largest investors. Politicians are being compensated somehow. Investment funds are gobbling up their slice of the pie too. There are still a few places around the world where Uber is being fought by the established taxi industries there, but it would appear to be a losing battle.
Agenda 21 is the reason Uber has so much influence in addition to the money backing it. Controlling peoples movement and ability to travel is a key component in any fascist’s dream, justify doing it by using environmental concerns is icing on the cake. Not only will they be able to control where you go and when, they will be able to control all of life’s other basic necessities too, like water and air. Sustainable this, renewable that, recycle, recycle, smart, smart, smart… Yeah, smart if you’re a dunce to begin with. The environmental movement has been hijacked people, by those who wish to gain total control of you and the world around you. That’s what Agenda 21 is all about. Whenever you hear any of the aforementioned catch phrases you should immediately envision yourself in shackles.
Uber has now partnered with a company developing driver-less vehicles. I can only imagine what will come next. Environmental groups will start to petition cities to prohibit travel by private car except for Uber/Google driver-less cars. They may even run on corporate sponsored private or toll roads. Auto manufacturers won’t mind either. Hell, they are in on the scam too with their fudged vehicle emissions numbers. That’s right, Volkswagen isn’t the only emissions cheater, they all fudge their emissions numbers purposely. Auto manufacturers have all done this so at the right time all private cars can be vilified and driver-less electrics mandated to save the day. They don’t lose, you and I do. We lose our freedom of travel and you will have actually helped them do it.
I personally have never used Uber and I never will. I care about our freedoms, do you?
Put the Uber crack pipe down and learn how to drive, yourself.
SF to require Lyft, Uber drivers to obtain business licenses
Updated 2:15 pm, Friday, April 15, 2016
For the first time, San Francisco is going to require the 37,000 Lyft and Uber drivers who work in the city seven or more days a year to obtain a business license.
City Treasurer Jose Cisneros wouldn’t fully explain why he is now requiring the license, which will cost drivers $91 annually, when the companies started operations years ago. But one reason, he said, is that the city launched its online business registration system in March — before, registrants had to go to City Hall to apply in person.
The move ups the political tension between the city and Uber and Lyft. When faced with class-action lawsuits from drivers seeking status as employees, the companies have vigorously maintained that the drivers are independent contractors. Cisneros is in essence turning that argument back on them and saying: If that’s the case, the drivers have to register as independent contractors for a business license.
The license will cost drivers $91 a year if they earn $100,000 or less in gross receipts. If they have been driving for multiple years, they will have to pay a registration fee for the years in which they didn’t register.
Cisneros’ letter, which will be sent in three batches — on Friday, Monday and Tuesday — states that the recipient has been identified as a driver for a transportation network company and therefore must obtain a business registration certificate within 30 days.
“Failure to respond to this letter may result in penalties and payment obligations,” the letter states.
“We have a very broad and comprehensive business registration requirement,” Ciseneros said. “This has been a law that has been around for many years. It’s very clearly spelled out on our website — the law here in San Francisco requires you to register your business with the city. If they missed that requirement, they are still obligated to do that.”
In response to the news, Uber struck a conciliatory tone and indicated it would not challenge the city.
“Uber partners with entrepreneurial drivers and as independent contractors, they are responsible for following appropriate local requirements,” Uber spokeswoman Laura Zapata wrote in an email.
Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson said the company is opposed to the plan.
“We have serious concerns with the city’s plan to collect and display Lyft drivers’ personal information in a publicly available database,” she said in an email. “People in San Francisco, who are choosing to drive with Lyft to help make ends meet, shouldn’t have to compromise their privacy in order to share a ride.”
Cisneros has aggressively gone after companies that profit from the gig economy, sometimes clashing with Mayor Ed Lee in the process.
In 2012, over Lee’s objections, Cisneros ruled that Airbnb owed back taxes, which city officials estimated at $25 million. The mayor wanted Cisneros to hold off on the decision until a broader tax overhaul could be rolled out. Airbnb acquiesced last year and paid the taxes.
Lee was not involved in Cisneros’ decision to require the Uber and Lyft drivers to register with the city.
Christine Falvey, Lee’s spokeswoman, neither endorsed nor opposed the move. “The mayor defers questions about the definition of independent contractor and interpretation of requirements under city law to the treasurer,” Falvey said.
Cisneros said he doesn’t expect that all 37,018 drivers who receive the letter are still drivers. But if they are and they register, it will generate $3.37 million a year for the city. An unknown number of drivers already have the license.
It is also unclear to what extent Cisneros will be able to enforce the business registration requirement. He said San Francisco law requires firms to display a registration certificate in their place of business — including their car — and drivers could be cited for failing to do so.
Both Lyft and Uber have faced class-action lawsuits over the past year over whether its drivers are employees or independent contractors. Plaintiffs say they should be classified as employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses as well as the rights and benefits of employees.
Lyft attempted to settle such a lawsuit in January, agreeing to pay $12.25 million to drivers, although not classifying them as employees. A San Francisco federal judge rejected that proposed settlement this month, saying the $12.25 million shortchanged the drivers. A similar lawsuit against Uber is still in the courts.
“It’s incredibly important to Lyft and Uber’s business model that the drivers be independent contractors,” said UC Hastings law Professor Reuel Schiller. “They are not really interested in compromise. This sounds to me like the city of San Francisco is attempting to play hardball in return.”
allstaractivist note: The death of any industry starts with regulation, even though this was never true entrepreneurship to begin with. Free and loose in the beginning to get everyone hooked (the first hit is always free), then when you fienden real hard, it starts to cost. All those little Uber drivers out there are slowly but surely going to get regulated right out of business, only to be replaced by “Johnny Cab” driverless electric vehicles that the auto manufacturers will only be too happy to provide. This is just the identification phase. Once that program is going nice and strong (despite any objectors), the environmentalists will be ushered in with their junk science to proclaim that banning everyone’s private cars will save the planet, everyone but the rich that is. Presto, your mobility will now be in the control of bureaucrats and dictators. This was the plan all along.
Gee, do ya think they may have crashed the economy on purpose as well, to make people financially desperate enough so that they could get away with shit like this? The timing seems just a little too…
San Francisco waited to start regulating Uber drivers until they had finished killing off Yellow Cab et al and had driven them into bankruptcy. Now, Uber and friends stand unopposed. It’s your turn next human Uber driver’s, they are going to kill you off just like you were stupid enough to do for them with the cab companies. Fake Uber drivers sponsored by both the “state” and the company itself, are going to start raping and pillaging their “customers” big time to give human drivers a bad name. With an electric vehicle sans human driver, you don’t have to worry about that. Driving off a bridge maybe, but a car ain’t going to rape you or beat you up.
As a mental exercise, who would you blame for a driverless car driving off a bridge? The mechanic? The programmer? The manufacturer? The list of potential defendants could be endless. Isn’t it wonderful, there won’t be any single human to blame at all, it was simply a glitch in the machinery! No one will then be accountable for your horrible death because technology sometimes malfunctions right? Never mind that you may have been targeted by a government sponsored hacker because you just happened to have attended a protest or something. Maybe your landlord wants to sell his or her property to developers but can’t because you have rent control. They simply hire a black hat hacker and direct your driverless Uber car to go screaming off a cliff. Wonderful! Whoever thought murder would get so high tech too?
You people are going to drown by looking up at the rain with your mouths wide open…