|SF City Hall. Photo by John Han.|
The San Francisco Public Safety Committee approved legislation Thursday making it a misdemeanor to provide taxicab service in the City without proper permits. Supervisors Ross Mirkirimi and Malia Cohen voted in favor of the ordinance. Supervisor David Campos was absent.
The law includes allowing SFMTA to hire taxi investigators to issue up to $5000 in fines and impound vehicles that have been caught operating as taxicabs without permits. A handful of taxi drivers and company reps, during public comment, unanimously supported the law. But an attorney representing Uber, a town car and limousine dispatch service opposed it, saying it will wrongfully prohibit licensed limousine drivers from picking up passengers in San Francisco who are using its service. The law is sponsored by president of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu. It is expected to be heard at the full Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
LAST MONDAY'S TAXI ADVISORY COUNCIL (held February 14, 2011):
At last Monday's TAC meeting, we discussed Uniform Lease Agreements. SFMTA had presented a rough draft version of an agreement. But it took only moments before the TAC concluded that a "one size fits all", uniform lease agreement would likely be inadequate to regulate the entire industry, and therefore would most likely need to be five separate standardized lease agreements. In no order of importance, they are...
1) Between the Color Scheme and the Affiliate
2) Between the Affiliate to the Affiliate's drivers (Affiliate is the primary driver)
3) Between the Long term lessee (LTL) to the LTL's drivers (LTL is primary driver)
4) Between the Color Scheme to its Gate and Gas drivers
5) Between the Affiliate to Primary Driver Lessee/LTL (Pre K Affiliate with no driving requirement. LTL is primary driver)
As far as the details of what should be in a uniform lease agreement, a taxi town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2011 for review and discussion, as there are no details to date.
It was suggested that cab companies volunteer viewings of the lease agreements they already use at their companies, so that an aggregate of existing agreements from various companies could serve as a skeletal reference or template.
The meeting will be held in the 2nd Floor Atrium, 1 South Vanness Avenue, 2 to 5 pm, and 5:30 to 8:30 pm.