A taxi driver was robbed by a customer at knife-point in the South of Market district Wednesday night, police said.
The hack heist was reported in the 1000 block of Folsom Street, near Sixth Street, at about 8:45 p.m.
The suspect hailed the taxi, went on a ride and then put the knife to the cab driver’s neck, police said. He then reportedly ordered the 38-year-old driver to turn off the vehicle and his cellphone. Read More
As most people who have tried it know: Catching a cab in San Francisco is not simple. There is no centralized dispatch service and far too few taxi stands, and wildly waving one’s arm for taxis on the street is hardly useful — although often good exercise.
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s medallion sales programs should end. These programs do not benefit taxi drivers or taxi riders. Rather, these sales and leases benefit cab companies and the agency itself. These sales, and specifically leases to cab companies, will greatly reduce the quality of cab service in San Francisco. Read More
Cabdrivers and their long-suffering passengers might have new means to connect with each other, but taxi companies are not thrilled with the situation and local authorities are still trying to determine its legality. Read More
The permits needed to operate taxis will cost more to purchase and will generate extra income for The City under a new plan by San Francisco’s transportation agency.
Holders of taxi medallions can operate cabs or lease out their vehicles to other drivers while still collecting a slice of the profits. Until 2010, the only way to obtain a medallion was to keep your name on a waiting list, but the permit could take decades to arrive. Read More
Drivers with an empty seat in their car can find people in need of a ride through a new app that connects them with potential passengers nearby.
SideCar, an on-demand ride-sharing app, lets users request a ride by indicating where they would like to be picked up and dropped off. The app matches them with nearby drivers - prescreened by the company - who are willing to give rides. Read More
This fare was a real pain in the neck.A taxi driver was assaulted and had his cab stolen in the Mission district early Tuesday morning, police said. The 58-year-old victim reportedly picked up three people at 18th and Valencia streets about 1 a.m. During the course of the ride, an argument ensued between the passengers, police said. One of the passengers, a 48-year-old man, began yelling at the cabdriver before choking him from the back seat, police said. Read More
A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and a taxi collided outside The City’s Hall of Justice this morning.The crash happened at about 10 a.m. outside the building at 850 Bryant St. An officer at the scene said the cab driver had just come off of Interstate Highway 80 onto Bryant Street and was trying to make a right turn onto Gilbert Street when it cut off the bus. Read More
Taxi passengers in The City are complaining about being left out in the cold by drivers who won’t take credit cards, despite a city law mandating the acceptance of plastic.
Drivers have been up in arms about a new policy forcing them to pay 5 percent when they accept credit cards. To protest the policy, some tell passengers that they don’t accept credit cards, or that their card swiper is broken. Read More
Cabdrivers and bicyclists — never the closest of friends — could see their rocky relationship get even uglier soon.
Taxis will now be able to drop off and pick up passengers in bike lanes — a move welcomed by drivers sick of getting nailed with $105 parking tickets, but criticized by cyclists who say it will worsen safety conditions. Read More