The Taxi Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each
month at 6:30 p.m., in room 400 of City Hall. Special meetings may be
scheduled as needed. The following is a summary of significant commission
proceedings at recent meetings:
The commission adopted a resolution defining eligibility for “time
waivers” for medallion waiting list applicants.
It discussed implementation of the recently passed ordinance defining
the driving requirement for cab company key personnel.
The commission took comment and held a discussion on its goals and objectives.
Todd Rydstrom, Director of Budget and Analysis for the Controller's
Office, gave a presentation on the Controller's Taxicab Industry Report
on Rates of Fares and Gate Fees. (See p.1.)
The commission appointed members to the Health Care Working Group. (See
It approved a fine of $250 and 18-months'probation for permit holder
Cuong Tran for violating the driving requirement and taxi rules and
It approved a fine of $225 against Bruie Anton of Regents Cab for violation
of taxicab rules and regulations.
It approved a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to set a new
cutoff date of April 30 for the renewal of A-cards.
The commission discussed alternative fuel taxis.
It approved a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to increase
the gate cap to $95 and increase the flag drop 75 cents for six months.
It instructed the Taxi Detail to investigate Yellow Cab trunk advertisements
to determine if there is a safety violation and if so to have them removed
immediately, or if not, to extend permission for their use until Dec.
The commission heard a presentation from students at the Goldman School
of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley on their taxi industry report, and
discussed the report.
It voted to deny a medallion to applicant Eugene Shu on account of falsified
waybills and failure to meet the driving requirement for permit applicants.
It approved recommendations for Board of Supervisors' consideration
in adopting a gate and meter resolution. (See p.1.)
The Commission discussed paratransit issues, including ramp taxi service
and questions surrounding the pending contract for replacing paper scrip
with debit cards.
It approved a resolution authorizing reallocation of funds for outreach,
including a taxi driver health care survey and a taxi availability study
in preparation for next year's public convenience and necessity hearing.