Credit card fee for taxis is shelved

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A proposal to charge credit and debit-paying cab riders an extra 75 cents per ride has been shelved temporarily for further review.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees taxi operations, proposed the 75-cent increase as a way to help cab companies pay for the increasingly high transaction fees for credit and debit cards.

The SFMTA board of directors had a chance to approve the measure Tuesday, but after hearing public comment against the proposal from taxi drivers and cab companies, the initiative was sent to the agency’s newly formed Taxi Advisory Council.

Drivers and company representatives said the credit card fee would take away from drivers’ tips, and should be included in a more general increase to taxi rates.

The Taxi Advisory Council isn’t expected to address the credit card fee proposal until this summer, and it’s unlikely to come back before the SFMTA board of directors before August. If the SFMTA board approves the fee hike, it would be enacted 30 days later.

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