A notice was put out by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to help properly licensed San Francisco cab drivers report illegal taxis.
SFMTA taxi investigator Eric Richholt says the number one most important piece of information to get on an illegal taxi is the license plate number, and then in this order of importance...
- Any phone number on the vehicle
- Any name or identifying number on the vehicle, (such as Blue Sky Cab #47)
- Description of driver.
The SFMTA says photos can also be emailed with the information as well, but urges cab drivers to refrain from doing anything reckless while driving to capture the information.
"Please don't put yourself or your passengers in danger trying to chase down bandit cabs." (SFMTA)
The SFMTA has said in the past that removing illegal taxis from San Francisco's streets could justify the issuing of new, legitimate medallions.
Information may be emailed to Eric Richholt at firstname.lastname@example.org
(PS: Kudos to the SFMTA for referring to illegal taxis as "bandit" cabs instead of gypsy cabs. While cab drivers and newspapers may take liberties to say "gypsy" cabs, SFMTA is a government agency, and has implemented a proper choice of words.)