On Tuesday, the SFMTA board of directors approved meter increases for cabdrivers, the first time since 2003 that taxi rates have been touched. Drivers are also upset about credit card fees and a new electronic tracking system that they say is intrusive. Some cabbies have even mentioned striking.
Starting next week, officials from the SFMTA, which regulates cabs in The City, will sit down with industry representatives to discuss and gather feedback on all the upcoming changes.
The first set of meetings will take place June 1 at the agency’s headquarters on 1 South Van Ness Avenue. The first hearing of that day will last from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., followed by a second gathering lasting from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Two other sets of hearings—scheduled for June 3 and June 8—will take place at the same times at the agency’s headquarters.