by Jessica Kwong : sfexaminer – excerpt
Drivers of wheelchair-accessible taxis have been given added incentives to pick up customers their vehicles are designed to serve.
Under legislation adopted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board Tuesday, ramp-taxi drivers can earn monthly credit at a rate of $10 per wheelchair trip if they provide at least 10 such trips a month. A maximum credit of $4,167 would be allowed per year and can accumulate over time for a maximum credit of $12,500 toward a taxi medallion down payment.
Some cabdrivers in The City have noted that some colleagues have avoided picking up customers with disabilities because it costs them extra time and money.
The credits can only be issued on rides with wheelchair customers holding a paratransit debit card. That does not account for the remaining 20 percent of wheelchair service provided without a paratransit debit card, said Chris Hayashi, deputy director of the transit agency’s Taxis and Accessible Services Division… (more)