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California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)

Assembly Bill 47 increases penalties for distracted drivers

Law puts citation to same status as violations for speeding or running a red light

 

(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)

103 million US drivers expected to hit the roads this holiday

A new report from AAA predicts that 103 million people will be hitting…

 

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

California gas prices decline below national average

Although gas prices across the nation are increasing, California's statewide prices have…

 

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

Uber, SF clash in state talks over fingerprint criminal checks

San Francisco officials and ride-hail company Uber clashed in state legal filings…

(S.F. Examiner file photo)
Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and traffic in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

The thin checkered line

For some stupid reason, I still start my shifts at Caltrain these…

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and traffic in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)

The many potholes on the road to self-driving cars

I’m cruising down Haight Street when four women flag me outside Magnolia.…

Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)
Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)

A drug run in the slow lane

It’s been a while since I’ve taken anyone on a drug run.…

Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)
You never know what’s going to happen at night in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

No one turns down a story from Late Night Larry

"San Francisco is always changing. So are we.” While I’m idling in…

You never know what’s going to happen at night in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Don’t be the passenger who trusts GPS over a seasoned San Francisco cab driver. (Courtesy photo)

The passenger is always right

The shortest distance between the DJ club and your apartment is a…

Don’t be the passenger who trusts GPS over a seasoned San Francisco cab driver. (Courtesy photo)
Intoxicated customers can be a double-edged sword. (Courtesy photo)

A good night in a taxi comes at a price

"You know it’s a slow night,” Juneaux once joked, “when you’re hoping…

Intoxicated customers can be a double-edged sword. (Courtesy photo)
Cab drivers, like many other professionals, are often held to the standards of those who came before them. (Courtesy photo)

I drive a cab so you don’t have to

There are days when I don’t even want to think about driving…

Cab drivers, like many other professionals, are often held to the standards of those who came before them. (Courtesy photo)
Sometimes you need to dole out some street justice — even in line at the cabstand. (Courtesy photo)

What makes a cab driver a jerk?

Colin has a long list of rules for the proper driving of…

Sometimes you need to dole out some street justice — even in line at the cabstand. (Courtesy photo)
As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)

On the recitation of the waybill

The National barbecue is a cross between a hobo cookout and a…

As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)
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A brazen approach to autonomous vehicles

This week’s question comes from Adrian H. in San Francisco, who asks:…

(Tony Avelar/AP)
Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)

Magnificent Meg and the dispatcher

There are days when L-I-F-E gets in the way of driving a…

Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)
State explores swap for gas tax

State explores swap for gas tax

California officials foresee a future in which charging taxes based on gas…

State explores swap for gas tax
Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Following the night, for better or worse

All good rides are alike, but each shitty ride is shitty in…

Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Uber isn’t to blame for Yellow Cab bankruptcy

So the biggest cab company in San Francisco has gone bankrupt. Conventional…

Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s

Late-night adventures in an imbibing city

You know it’s a slow night when you decide to hit up…

Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s
In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)

Aiding and abetting passengers’ vices

So this hooker and an Irishman get in my cab at Post…

In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)