Taxis streaming down McAllister St. and honking horns around City Hall
in an organized demonstration to protest new MTA policies. Photo
by John Han.
A San Francisco taxi driver was issued a ticket citing two violations during last Tuesday’s immense taxi demonstration at City Hall, mainly to protest 5% credit card fees.
Taxi Driver Syed Rahman of Pittsburgh, said he drove all the way from the Pittsburgh / Antioch area where he lives to take part in the protest on his day off. What makes Rahman different from the rest of the hundreds of taxi drivers that day is that he drove in his own Ford Explorer SUV to the protest, circling City Hall in his own car, and honking with the rest of the taxi drivers.
“As I was honking just like everybody else, a police officer… told me to pull over the car,” Rahman told Taxi TownSF.
“I told him I am a cab driver. If you don’t believe me I can show you my A-Card. I am protesting here.” Rahman says that after he had insisted to the policeman that he was a part of the protest, the officer said he was not a cab driver, pulled him over, placed his arms behind his head and searched him, asking if he was carrying a knife.
“I said ‘why should I have any knife?’ Rahman continued. “I don’t carry weapons. He [the police officer] said, ‘you’re lucky I’m not going to take you to jail but I’m going to give you a citation.’”
According to Rahman, the officer said he did not accept that he was a cab driver.
There are two violations cited on the officer’s ticket, according to Rahman. One is a failure to yield violation. The other is a use of horns.
Rahman is a husband and a father of four children, and says there is no dollar amount for the two violations stated on the citation. He says he is seeking support from the taxi industry and advice on how to contest the ticket, since the violations occurred while participating in an organized demonstration.
To contact Mr. Rahman, please EMAIL HIM HERE.
Note: The failure to yield violation cites VC Section 21806(a), and says…
“21806. Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible, under normal atmospheric conditions, from a distance of 1,000 feet to the front of the vehicle, the surrounding traffic shall, except as otherwise directed by a traffic officer, do the following:
(a) (1) Except as required under paragraph (2), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.”
The use of horns violation cites VC Section 27001 and says…
“27001. (a) The driver of a motor vehicle when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation shall give audible warning with his horn.
(b) The horn shall not otherwise be used, except as a theft alarm system which operates as specified in Article 13 (commencing with Section 28085) of this chapter.”