Impassioned cabbies gathered at a town hall meeting yesterday afternoon to express their skepticism about the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's ideas for reforming the city's taxi industry.
But that skepticism quickly turned into heated shouting after the transit agency unveiled its plans for an electronic waybill system, which would essentially be used to track each driver and provide details of the trips.
And when the meeting got too tense, other attendees broke up the shouting and reminded the drivers to "behave
worried that their personal information could be
Many cabbies said they think San Francisco's taxi service could be easily improved without a waybill. If the SFMTA created a centralized dispatch system and cracked down on fraudulent, unlicensed drivers, the system would run more efficiently, they say.
Cabbies pointed out that there are a few bad seeds ruining it for the group. Yet SFMTA says cracking down on unlicensed drivers isn't as easy as it seems. "It's very difficult to control," SFMTA taxi director Christiane Hayashi says.