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Supervisor Daly Proposes Ballot Measure to Preserve Prop K
Supervisor Chris Daly is sponsoring a proposed ballot measure that would place the basic principles of Proposition K of 1978 into the City Charter, where they would be safe from the designs of the MTA. As soon as the MTA took over taxi regulation in March, the agency's staff proposed medallion sales as a means of raising $15 million from the industry. (See accompanying article.) The MTA Board approved the money as part of its budget for the coming year, without any discussion of a plan for the sale of medallions, or whether the idea had any merit at all. The proposed Charter mendment contains the essential features of Prop K. It would require the MTA to provide prompt, courteous, honest and adequate service to the public, and ensure that medallions remain non-transferable city property that ...
Revised Rules & Regs Go into Effect June 19
Following its takeover of industry regulation from the Taxi Commission, the MTA has approved revised rules for drivers, medallion holders and cab companies. The MTA's Board of Directors approved the rules on May 19, with an effective date of June 19.
Among the rules (some old and some new) are ...
Fish Gobble Fish
Several cab companies have changed hands in recent weeks, marking the biggest industry consolidation in memory.
Black & White Checker has purchased Arrow Cab. Town Taxi bought United Cab. And Royal Cab now owns Citywide Dispatch and its associated color scheme, Big Dog City Cab. As of early June, rumors about the possible sale of National Cab remained unconfirmed.
Drivers at Arrow have been hard-hit because the company has lost a number of cabs. Eleven Arrow medallions moved to Royal Cab before the sale to Black & White Checker, and other medallion holders have left since.
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