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Cabdrivers angry about credit card fees, privacy concerns overrun meeting

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More than 60 angry cabdrivers descended upon the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meeting Tuesday to protest new fee increases and privacy concerns in the industry.

Although the Tuesday board meeting didn’t have any scheduled taxi items, the irate cabbies lined up one-by-one to speak during public comment on two new developments in the agency.

The first is a 5-percent credit card fee that cabdrivers are set to absorb starting April 15. Any time a passenger pays with plastic, the driver—not the cab company—has to pay a 5 percent transaction fee, said longtime driver Tariq Mehmood.

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The second concern is a new tracking system set up by companies that records all transactions made during each driver’s shift. The technology has personal information about each driver, and there are fears that third-parties will have access to that data, Mehmood said.

Following the lengthy appeals of the cabdrivers, the SFMTA board agreed to revisit the two policies, although no changes are likely before April 15.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com



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