September 15, 2015
V ENK KANDADAI, 32, of South Philadelphia's Bella Vista section, is co-founder (with Flaura Winston) of Diagnostic Driving, a spinout of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention. The startup, part of DreamIt Health's current Philly accelerator class, is developing a software platform to assess and improve driving skills of employees who drive fleet vehicles. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I've been a research statistician and project manager in CHOP's Center for Injury Research and Prevention since 2012.
July 3, 2014 |
Two administrative judges on Tuesday ordered UberX and Lyft, San Francisco-based ride-sharing services that have been operating in Pittsburgh since February without Public Utility Commission authorization, to immediately quit answering consumers' requests for service. Both services have applied to the PUC for "experimental licenses" to operate in Allegheny County and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Uber, owner of UberX, offers dispatch services in Philadelphia for licensed limousines, but says it has no plans to seek the Philadelphia Parking Authority's permission to offer ride sharing here.
December 28, 2011 |
NEW TEENAGE drivers must get more experience behind the wheel and have fewer pals in the car, thanks to the beefed-up safety demands of "Lacey's Law," which took effect yesterday. Named after Lacey Gallagher, the Little Flower High School senior who died on her prom night in 2007 when the SUV in which she was riding crashed, the new law: * Limits an under-18 new driver with a junior license to one under-18 passenger who is not a family member, unless a parent or guardian is present.
October 12, 2011 |
As milestones go, putting teens behind the wheel is a biggie. That's why my recent column detailing the saga of getting Sturgis Kids 1.0 through 3.0 licensed to drive drew such a large response. That's why a bill awaiting Gov. Corbett's signature restricts the number of passengers for teens with junior driver's licenses, makes teens driving without seat belts a primary offense, and adds 15 hours to the current 50 hours of pretest driving training. With National Teen Driver Safety Week coming next week, I thought it was a good opportunity to share more resources available for teaching Your Kid 1.0 (or whichever version you may have in training)
September 14, 2011 |
No experience can quite compare to teaching your teenager how to drive. Apprehension. Fear. Exasperation. Now triple that. I've just been through three in less than two years. Yes, friends, Sturgis Kids 1.0 through 3.0 are all now licensed drivers, a project that began in December 2009 and wrapped up in August, and I have the gray hairs and worry lines - and insurance bills - to prove it. It wasn't easy for Mr. Driver's Seat to spend so much time as Mr. Passenger Seat.
September 25, 2010 |
The Toronto-bound double-decker Megabus that left Philadelphia the night of Sept. 10 would never reach its destination, slamming instead into a railroad bridge near Syracuse, N.Y., nearly three feet too low for the bus to clear. Four of the 28 passengers would die, and 20 others would be injured along with the driver, in a trip that went disturbingly wrong for reasons investigators still are trying to determine. What that "horrible . . . tragic" crash also did, said Dale Moser, president and chief operating officer of Megabus' parent company, CoachUSA, was put "a certain focus by the public on us. " Moser asserts - and federal transportation records seem to support - "that we are a safe company.
August 2, 2010 |
A Chester County mother extolled her blessings on Facebook early this month, concluding: "Life is what it should be. " Less than two weeks later, Linda Duguay Wood was posting obituary information for her 16-year-old son, one of two fatalities in an accident involving multiple passengers and an inexperienced driver. The crash has generated questions - but no answers - about whether more tragedies will jump-start House Bill 67, a teen-safety initiative stalled in the state Senate.
February 27, 2009 |
Airport shuttle operators see red over what they consider onerous fees and regulations imposed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority that they say could put them out of business. "Save Philadelphia's eco-friendly airport shuttles" is the motto of a Web site campaign launched recently by Lady Liberty Transportation Co. and Dave's Best Limo, two Philadelphia shuttle firms suing the parking authority in a long-boiling dispute. The four-year-old federal lawsuit contends the agency's fees and rules for inspecting and certifying vehicles and training drivers violate federal interstate commerce law and add an extra layer of regulation and cost that hits shuttles harder because they charge less per passenger than taxis and limos.
August 30, 2006
IN RESPONSE to recent letters, the goal of the Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab Technology Project is simply to increase safety and provide better customer service. While some in the industry have spread misinformation about the project, it will improve customer service, improve conditions for drivers and continue to increase the return on investment for medallion owners. Customers will now be able to pay by credit or debit card. It also improves driver safety by eliminating the need for substantial amounts of cash.
July 28, 2004
With the mercury headed for 90 degrees, your taxi pulls up on Broad Street. As you jump in, the cab offers no respite from the heat - since its air conditioner is blowing nothing but hot air. At least the driver is apologetic, and he gets you to your destination without turning the trip into a white-knuckle experience. Yet this cab - like dozens and dozens of others operating in Philadelphia - should be parked and repaired, if not scrapped. The fact that it was rolling along last week represents one more failing of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission oversight of the city's taxi fleet.