Applications due next week for new Taxi Advisory Council 

There is just one week left for cab industry officials to apply for The City’s new Taxi Advisory Council, a body that will help regulate a controversial program to sell taxi medallions.

The 15-person body, set to report to the Municipal Transportation Agency, will be broken down into five separate groups. Three representatives on the body will come from the three largest cab companies, three members will come from smaller companies, three members will be medallion holders not employed by a company, three members will be drivers on the medallion waiting list, and three members will be drivers not on the medallion waiting list.

Collectively, the new council will oversee and regulate the MTA’s plans to allow certain medallion holders to sell their wares for $250,000 apiece. By collecting a percentage of the sales (and selling some directly), the cash-strapped MTA hopes to collect $11 million this fiscal year.

Participants interested in joining the Taxi Advisory Council can email, fax, mail or drop off their application in person. The applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 30. For information about how to apply, visit www.sfmta.com.

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