Cab Drivers Sue SFMTA Over SFO Restrictions

By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – excerpt

The lawsuit claims that the SFMTA is trying to boost the value of its $250,000 medallions to weaken another legal challenge.

Taxi drivers and companies sued the SFMTA on Wednesday to halt new restrictions at San Francisco International Airport, the group announced Thursday.

The San Francisco Taxi Coalition, Alliance Cab, Town Taxi, and three individual cab drivers filed the complaint in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, alleging constitutional violations of due process and equal protection regarding a new SFTMA policy. In February, the transit agency began limiting cab drivers who could pick up passengers at SFO to roughly 1,000 drivers who own medallions.

That leaves out scores of struggling cab drivers using SFO as a lifeline. More than 1,400 medallions are in service and there are more than 4,800 active cab drivers, according to the SFMTA.

“We’d like to see the SFMTA actually look out for the industry and individuals in the industry for once,” says Yellow Cab CEO Chris Sweis. “The government should really be making regulations around sound public policy.”… (more)