Tuesday, July 26, 2011
SF Board Of Supervisors Fails To Pass Resolution Against 5% Credit Card Fees Passed To Taxi Drivers. By John Han.
The 'yes' votes were - David Campos, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Ross Mirkarimi, John Avalos, and David Chiu.
The 'no' votes were - Carmen Chu, Mark Farrell, Sean Elsbernd, and Scott Weiner.
The resolution was introduced by David Campos and co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi.
Had the resolution passed, it would have been non-binding but would have sent a message to the MTA that the Board of Supervisors does not support credit card charges passed to taxi drivers.
Carmen Chu said that she was against the resolution because the MTA has already approved an increase in distance and wait time meter rate, and is expected to consider a $.40 increase in the flag drop at its upcoming August 2nd meeting, and that this should offset credit card costs against drivers.
Campos said that although the resolution failed by one vote, there was nontheless a majority vote amongst the Supervisors to urge the MTA to abandon its decision to pass credit card fees to taxi drivers.