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.
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
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
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
A cab driver was robbed at knifepoint in the Western Addition on Thursday, police said. The 70-year-old cabbie picked up the thief, described as a man in his 50s, and drove him to the intersection of Sutter and Baker streets around 1:50 a.m., police said. The passenger then pulled out a knife, put it to the cabbie’s throat, and demanded cash. The cab driver complied and the thug fled on foot, police said. No arrest has been firstname.lastname@example.org Read More
Cab fares will be rising for San Francisco passengers, but the rate hikes are less than originally proposed and they could be coupled with increased taxi service during busy travel times.Under a proposal approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors, fares will increase by 50 cents per mile and 10 cents for time spent stuck in traffic. The starting rate for cabs is also set to go up 40 cents — from $3.10 to $3.50. Read More
A Sacramento taxi passenger might have an anger problem, but he is no Grinch. Police say a man reportedly pulled a knife on a cab driver during a dispute about his desired destination, prompting the driver to flee on foot. The man also fled the scene, but left behind his cab fare and a tip. Read More
Paying for taxi fares with credit cards would become universal in The City under a new rule being considered by the agency that oversees cabs. Read More
It may be a week before investigators determine the exact cause of the fiery taxi crash that killed two tourists from Cincinnati, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
Investigators are looking at how much time elapsed between when the driver, Fageh Hassan Behbahani, 49, of Daly City, may have first smelled smoke, somewhere around Candlestick Park, and when he exited Interstate 280 at Mariposa Street around 11 a.m. Monday. Read More
A bystander at a Muni bus station watched a taxi driver pull up to the stop, exit the vehicle, dispose of a beer can, saunter into a convenience store and walk out with another beer. Read More