April 20, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Los Angeles taxicabs would require electronic hailing apps under new proposal

Updated Thursday, Dec. 18 – 3:25 pm

Taxi drivers in Los Angeles would be required to use electronic hailing apps to compete with newer ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, under a proposal to be considered next month by the Taxicab Commission.

The commission will decide in January whether to form a working group to explore rules requiring taxicabs to subscribe to “e-hail technology” certified by the city. According to the proposal, such technology already exists, but “less than half of the city’s taxi drivers actually use it.”

The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti instructed the commission three months ago to “take all steps necessary to basically level the playing field” between traditional taxicabs and ride-share companies that use smartphone apps to connect drivers to riders, Taxicab Commission President Eric Speigelman said at a board meeting today.

He said discussions about the future of taxicab regulations led to the idea to “start getting onto an e-hail world.”

Garcetti’s office will choose members of the working group, which would recommend regulations that apply to existing e-hail services such as Curb and Flywheel, which cater to the traditional taxi industry, as well as applications already being used by some taxicab companies, Spiegelman said.

These e-hail companies would need to comply with whatever certification requirements the City Council and the mayor decide on after getting recommendations from the working group, he said.

Because Los Angeles officials began discussing the e-hail app requirement, similar proposals have cropped up in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

City officials contend e-hail regulations are needed to give taxicabs — which must comply with strict city regulations — an ability to compete ride- share companies that have “superior technology” and benefit from “lighter regulation.”

Ride-share companies are regulated by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, which recently signed off on a set of rules for the phone-app- enabled rideshare services, including criminal backgrounds, a driver training program and commercial liability insurance policy.

Commissioner Boris Gorbis said of the proposed e-hail regulation “appears to be an excellent idea to move forward, but it’s by no means a panacea for the problems that exist when we have two separate regulatory schemes in this city, one essentially a very dictatorial — I would even say Stalinist — form of regulating taxicabs, and the free-for-all type of brokerage system under which the Uber and Lyft drivers operate.”

Traditional taxi drivers say the new ride-sharing companies are operating outside the city’s regulatory system as “bandit cabs” and are unsafe because of weak regulation.

Ride-sharing companies are increasingly coming under fire by local jurisdictions.

In Los Angeles County, District Attorney Jackie Lacey sued Uber last week, alleging the company makes false or misleading statements about the quality of the background checks it conducts on its drivers and does not have the authorization it requires to be operating at airports.

Related Posts

Make Science Your Destination This Summer

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Destination Science is the fun science day camp for curious kids with over 15 STEM activities weekly, three science stations...

Prime Time Sports Camps Coming Soon

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Prime Time Sports Camp has remained a constant in the everchanging camp landscape for over 30 years by following this...

Groundlings Summer Improv Classes Open April 2

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A summer of improvisation is around the corner at The Groundlings.  Three months of summer class offerings for teens will...

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm  Doors open at 10am!!

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm  Doors open at 10am!! Free goodies!!...

Venice Kush Hosts “The Real Deal” Cannabis Celebration at the Beach

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A Day of Education, Innovation, and Community at Venice Beach Venice Kush is gearing up to host its much-anticipated “The...

Get Jokerfied with The People’s Joker Director Vera Drew Interview; Now Playing at the Nuart Theatre

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Vera Drew on Crafting a Trans Supervillain and Creating Comedy Chaos By Dolores Quintana The People’s Joker is an explosive...

Nicolas Cage Stars in Arcadian: A Bewitching Apocalypse

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

New Horror Film Delivers Solid Monster Movie Experience Arcadian is a new horror film starring Nicolas Cage (Dream Scenario, Mandy),...

Westside Woman Pleads Guilty to $2M COVID-19 Loan Fraud, IRS Scam

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Suspect Admits to Wire Fraud, False Claims in Elaborate Scheme Casie Hynes, a resident of the Mid-City area, entered a...

Body Found Abandoned in Stolen U-Haul Truck in Los Angeles Mid-City

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

LAPD Investigates Disturbing Discovery After Worker Reports Foul Odor Authorities are probing a disturbing incident after a body was discovered...

(Video) Award-Winning Pianist to Premiere “Rocket Man: A Live Orchestral Experience” in Santa Monica

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Classic Songs Will Include “Crocodile Rock” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” @culvercitywlanews “Rocket Man” is coming soon to Santa Monica...

Tito’s Tacos to Introduce New Chicken Burrito for Cinco De Mayo

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Beloved Westside Eatery Unveils Fresh Addition to Timeless Menu Tito’s Tacos, a cherished Los Angeles establishment renowned for its timeless...

Michael’s Santa Monica Celebrates 45 Years with Culinary Extravaganza With Famous Chefs

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Iconic Restaurant Hosts “Great Party!!” Benefitting No Kid Hungry Campaign  Michael’s Santa Monica is set to commemorate its 45th anniversary...

Los Angeles Times Presents Star-Studded Lineup for 29th Festival of Books This Weekend

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Over 550 Writers and Celebrities to Grace USC Campus for Weekend Extravaganza The Los Angeles Times has a stellar lineup...

Girls Learn Self Defense at Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, girls are invited to explore practical self defense training at SHIELD Women’s Self Defense’s 2024 Empowerment Summer Camp...

Brentwood Art Center: Kids Explore Fundamentals of Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The beloved Brentwood Art Center is hosting summer camps at its new location at Olympic and 17th in Santa Monica. ...