Figuring out if a cab is available has always been a bit of a guessing game for taxi patrons.
The cab’s rooftop light is supposed to be on if there is no fare inside, but nearly every passenger in The City has a story about being ignored by a lit-up taxi.
To address that issue, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates cabs, is pondering a plan to introduce new rooftop lights to its taxis. Read More
Starting next week, cab passengers in San Francisco will have to start digging a little deeper in their pockets to pay for their rides.After years of lobbying by drivers, taxi meter rates are set to rise Sept. 5, making San Francisco one of the costliest places in the country to snag a cab. Read More
Credit card fees for taxi drivers, an issue that has led to protests and threats of strikes, might be lessened or eliminated.
On Monday, the Taxi Advisory Council recommended ending a pilot program allowing cab companies to charge drivers a 5 percent credit card transaction fee. In place since October, the program grants companies a waiver from San Francisco’s transportation code protecting drivers from such fees. Read More
Muni’s transit operators will support taxi cab drivers in their planned strike — but the scenario won’t be nearly as bad as it sounds for people trying to get around San Francisco. Read More
More taxis could soon be coming to San Francisco streets. Read More
A taxi driver was robbed in his vehicle at gunpoint early Thursday, becoming the second cabbie to be hit by thieves within a week, police said.At around 4 a.m., the 39-year-old driver was pulled over to the side of the road in the area of Scott Street and Geary Boulevard when the gunman came to his window and demanded cash, police said.The suspect fled with the victim’s money in a black two-door Lexus, police said.There was no arrest. Read More
Police are hunting gun-toting thugs who robbed a taxi driver in the Bayview district early Saturday morning.The hack picked up the thugs, described only as men in their 20s, in the 4800 block of Palou Street just before 2 a.m., police said. After driving two blocks, the suspects asked the 57-year-old driver to take them back to the pick-up spot so they can get more cash. Read More
A passerby inexplicably punched a taxi cab’s windshield on Wednesday, shattering the glass while the hack sat horrified in driver’s seat, police said.
But a fellow hack came to his rescue.
Just past midnight, the cabbie pulled over to collect fare from passengers at Sutter Street and Van Ness Avenue. That's when the male passerby picked a fight with the cabbie’s windshield, then kept walking, police said. Read More
San Francisco needs more taxi service on Friday and Saturday nights, Supervisor Scott Wiener says.The supervisor plans to introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in support of a proposal to increase the number of taxis on The City’s streets.The proposal, pitched by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, would issue more permits that could be used during only those peak hours. Read More
An apparently crabby cabbie beat and robbed a Haight-Ashbury woman after she disputed the taxi fare on Sunday, the woman told police.The woman said she was being dropped off at Scott and Haight streets around 5:10 a.m. when she told the taxi driver the fare wasn’t fair.She left the car and began walking away when the cabbie “chased her on foot, pushed her to the ground, beat her and took her wallet and keys,” police said. Read More