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Makers of Taxi and Limousine Application Uber Sued in San Francisco

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on November 21, 2012

It looks like Uber’s legal troubles are continuing, this time in San Francisco. The maker of the smartphone application intended to help passengers find taxicabs and limousines in large U.S. cities is the target of a new lawsuit filed on behalf of San Francisco taxi drivers. You may recall that we have posted blogs in recent months about similar lawsuits filed against the request-a-ride service in New York City and Chicago. The suits claim that the application creates an unfair competitive environment by steering customers toward companies that don’t adhere to state and local regulations that govern taxi and limousine services.

Attorney Gary Oswald recently filed the suit in a San Francisco court and issued a press release in which he had less than flattering things to say about the smartphone app.

“Uber is brazenly violating this statutory scheme without even bothering to offer a pretext for their overtly illegal actions just as they have in New York City, Chicago and elsewhere,” Mr. Oswald said in the release. “By ignoring the law, Uber is putting at risk the livelihoods of hardworking men and women who drive safely and follow the rules.”

Mr. Oswald claims that Uber attempts to cover up its true nature in order to avoid all regulations governing limousine and taxicab companies and that these illegal acts also interfere with chauffeurs’ and taxi drivers’ relationships with their clients. He also claims that Uber uses illegal metering devices and charges unauthorized rates for its services. He closes the press release with a strong statement that suggests that Uber forces chauffeurs and taxi drivers to break the law, saying that “by written contraction between Uber and its ‘partnered’ Black Car drivers, such drivers are required to operate in violation of the San Francisco code.”

As we’ve stated before, we don’t mind competition, it inspires us to continue striving to offer the best San Francisco limousine experience for our guests for the best rates. However, we don’t care for any measures, digital or otherwise, that compel Bay Area limo services, chauffeurs, taxi drivers or anyone else to operate outside rules and regulations put in place to protect the safety of all Californians. Bay Area residents who want to reserve one of our limousines or other luxury vehicles can use their smartphones, but they don’t need to download an application to make it easier. They can simply give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to speak with one of our reservation specialists!

Neighboring Businesses Feud Over Parking and Wedding Limos

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 8, 2012

Las Vegas has been the destination for quick weddings and divorces for a very long time. Wedding chapels here are almost as common as casinos, and wedding limo rental companies do a very brisk business keeping up with demand. However, an escalating feud between neighboring businesses may cause some limousine services to think twice about transporting happy couples to and from the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Chapel is located next to a Super 8 Motel, and, since the motel changed ownership last year, there has been a series of conflicts over the use of a common driveway, parking, signage and other issues. The conflicts between the businesses have been frequently heard in city planning commission meetings, and recently, things have soured to the point of litigation.

The animosity escalated sharply recently when the motel began towing the cars of chapel clients who parked in spaces reserved for motel guests. One of the towed vehicles belonged to a rabbi officiating a wedding, causing a scene in the parking lot between business owners and wedding attendees. Ilan Gorodezki, the new owner of the motel, reports that the roots of the problems began long before he owned the business. The previous owner of the motel let the property become decrepit. Needing the parking space, chapel owners regularly let clients park in the motel lot.

"They are a successful business and I have a lot of respect for them," Gorodezki said. "But for years they were doing whatever they wanted and they can’t do that anymore."

Gorodezki has also lodged official complaints with the city over wedding limousines that park across the only entrance to the motel lot, preventing potential motel guests from entering the driveway. His attorney claims that the limos are essentially "imposing a death sentence" on his client’s motel because drive-up traffic is an important part of his client’s livelihood. Last Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest days of the year for the chapel, Gorodezki painted a red line across the shared driveway and partially blocked it with his car, preventing chapel owners from using most of the driveway to enter the lot.

The owners of the chapel claim that causing patrons to use only the narrow north part of the driveway on their property is dangerous, as it forces wedding limo chauffeurs to make sharp U-turns into the narrow driveway.

"What is a wedding without the limo business?" said John Krieger, the chapel’s attorney.

The owners of both businesses have filed lawsuits, and now the matter will be decided in Clark County District Court. They claim they have explored every opportunity to resolve the conflicts but now feel that litigation is their only alternative.

If you’re planning a wedding in the Bay Area and are shopping for San Francisco wedding limousine services, you have come to the right place. We have been the Bay Area’s premier wedding limo provider for years and offer a wide range of limousines, party buses, SUV limos, luxury coaches, classic cars and other vehicles. Our rates are very affordable, and our customer service is the best in the business. For more information about your wedding limo options, availability, and our wedding limousine packages, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936.

Rent a Classic Car to Head to the Sonoma Historic Motorsport Festival

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on May 21, 2011

As you know, we’re very fond of cars around here, but we’re especially fond of classic cars. One of our mechanics mentioned that the Second Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsport Festival is coming up on June 4-5 at Infineon Raceway. If you’re a classic car fan, this is becoming one of the best shows in the country. If you love old, beautiful cars or if you’re looking for a cool day trip to get out of the city, why not rent one of our San Francisco classic cars and head up there for the day or the weekend? There will be more than 250 classic cars from the state of California alone and hundreds more from other states across the country.

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San Francisco Limo Rental Tips for Your Special Occasion

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on July 12, 2010

Renting a San Francisco limousine is a fairly straightforward affair: simply call up Nationwide Limousine Service, speak to one of our reservation specialists and make your reservation. But depending on the day of the week, time of the year and other factors, you may or may not be able to get precisely the limousine, party bus, antique car or other type of Bay Area limo you want unless you do a little planning first. To that end, here are some San Francisco limousine rental tips to help ensure that you are able to get the limo you want when you want it.

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