San Francisco Supervisors Call The City’s Cab System Dysfunctional

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Taxis are parked near Union Square, San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Taxis with proper permits are parked near Union Square, San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – While the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is trying to get more cabs on the streets during peak hours, the supervisors are trying to rid the street of renegade cabs that are operating without a license.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The legislation was approved at this week’s board meeting, giving the city’s MTA more enforcement tools to bust illegal cabbies, and stop them from soliciting customers on San Francisco streets. The measure also cracks down on hotel doormen who take kickbacks from taxi drivers.

Supervisor David Chiu who carried the legislation said the whole taxi system is dysfunctional.

”It is too hard to hail a cab on the street, and we all know that calling taxi cab dispatch is about as effective as calling Muni to pick you up,” said Chiu.

Supervisor Scott Wiener agrees and lays the blame firmly on the city’s transit agency which regulates taxi cabs.

”The state of the cab industry in this town is just unacceptable,” said Weiner.

In an effort to make more cabs available when they’re needed, the MTA has now proposed new medallions for use during peak hours. They are trying to fast track that proposal into law.

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