SFMTA's Taxi Reform Plan Incites Shouting Match Among Cabbies
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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 like gentlemen."
The SFMTA's proposal is to hire more drivers and use an electronic waybill system, which would help the agency determine pertinent information, such as how long taxis are empty.
But the idea made drivers feel worried that their personal information could be hacked.
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.