Hundreds of LA taxi operators stopped at LA City Hall last week to honk their displeasure at the existence of smartphone apps that connect drivers with those who need a ride somewhere. The city had already sent cease-and-desist orders to Lyft, Uber and Sidecar, whom counterclaim that their business operates legally through state pacts. Not knowing how to respond to this new world of services, other cities have similarly prohibited these app companies from offering their services. In fact, LA transportation officials have been conducting stings in order to arrest drivers operating for the above companies and denounce them as “bandit taxicabs”.
Speaking of apps, Metro released an app that intends to provide transit riders a means to report crimes occurring on buses and trains. The app allows users to directly call the Sheriff’s Department and to send in online reports. The Source blog features more information on this app as well as download links.