What's this nefarious measure that could do such damage to the good people with their disruptive transportation platform? Actually, it's a pretty mild regulatory measure, AB 2293, that would require ride-sharing drivers to have exactly the same insurance as taxis in most cities, including San Francisco. And it would mandate that insurance be in effect as long as a driver is actively looking for fares.
It levels the playing field to make sure taxis and faux-cabs have the same insurance requirements -- and would prevent situations where neither the company nor its driver carries sufficient insurance to cover an incident like the death of Sophia Liu.
CNN reports that people associated with car-on-demand service Uber have been attempting to sabotage an Uber competitor, Lyft, by ordering and canceling as many as 5,000 rides since October 2013. Lyft drivers have also complained that Uber employees will call them to take "short, low-profit rides largely devoted to luring them to work for Uber."
Lyft claims to have sussed out the fake requests using phone numbers used by "known Uber recruiters." Lyft claims that one Uber recruiter requested and canceled 300 rides from May 26 to June 10, and it said that recruiter's phone number was associated with 21 more accounts with 1,524 canceled rides between them.
(My understanding is that this is exactly in keeping with the Libertarian Dream, so everything's fine. The market works!)