taxi.jpgAs we’ve previously reported, SF cabbies are set to strike today. After another delay in fare hikes thanks to a lack of environmental review, a 5% fee for all credit card transactions, and strong opposition to proposed waybilling equipment and the installation of televisions in cabs, drivers have had enough. For at least two hours.

As CBS reports, today’s strike is supposed to last two hours, from noon to 2pm, and coincide with a 1pm SFMTA Board of Directors meeting. The Ex adds that during those hours, drivers will refuse all fares. The Bay Citizen also notes that only a few hundred cabs are expected to participate. Though SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose doesn’t feel that the two hour gridlock will gravely effect cab service in SF either, there is one group who does and is already capitalizing on it.

Formerly cab-esque company Uber (now a “livery service”) is offering a deal from 4am to midnight today. As they explain on their blog, all fares in SF proper will be 50% off, to serve those who might have their transit disrupted by the 12-2 PM act of civil disobedience.

Not everyone is appreciative of Uber’s attempt to capitalize on the strike, however: Countless comments on their blog post promoting today’s discounts scream “scabs!” or state that the company’s lost customers for life.

“So basically, you’re all scabs. Nice work. You just lost my business for good” said one, while another said “Fucking scabs… not only are you capitalizing on taxi drivers trying to get a better deal, you’re trying to spin it as doing them a favour.”

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  • Jimbo

    So I guess I’ll be able to walk to lunch today at Union Square without getting almost run over in the crosswalk by cabbies. Can we do this every weekday?

  • Jimbo

    So I guess I’ll be able to walk to lunch today at Union Square without getting almost run over in the crosswalk by cabbies. Can we do this every weekday?

  • jackbarry99

    I was a Commissioner on the now dissolved SF Taxi Commisssion, in 2003 and 2004, as the Consumer Representative.

    In 2007, the voters passed Proposition A, that was titled and described as being all about cleaning u[ Muni Railway, and cutting air pollution,,,, and had a little morsel, stuffed in it, at the end, that gave the Board of Supes the authority to dissolve the Taxi Commission and assign its “rights and duties ” to a newly created SFMTA Board… Newsom and Peskin signed a letter saying that the old law, Prop K of 1978, that created the Taxi Commission….would be honored if Prop A passed, just to set the record straight…. So, of course, the SFMTA has acted as if ALL of Prop K was dead and buried, not just the Taxi Commission…. (the SFMTA has started SELLING the taxi Medallions, among other thins, to rake in money to support the SF Muni Railway deficit) …and they defer the approved 5% fare hike, to deal with the departing Nat Ford…. Hence today’s 2 hour strike…

    The SFMTA only views the cab industry as a “cash cow” for the Muni. Charming.
    jack barry

  • jackbarry99

    I was a Commissioner on the now dissolved SF Taxi Commisssion, in 2003 and 2004, as the Consumer Representative.

    In 2007, the voters passed Proposition A, that was titled and described as being all about cleaning u[ Muni Railway, and cutting air pollution,,,, and had a little morsel, stuffed in it, at the end, that gave the Board of Supes the authority to dissolve the Taxi Commission and assign its “rights and duties ” to a newly created SFMTA Board… Newsom and Peskin signed a letter saying that the old law, Prop K of 1978, that created the Taxi Commission….would be honored if Prop A passed, just to set the record straight…. So, of course, the SFMTA has acted as if ALL of Prop K was dead and buried, not just the Taxi Commission…. (the SFMTA has started SELLING the taxi Medallions, among other thins, to rake in money to support the SF Muni Railway deficit) …and they defer the approved 5% fare hike, to deal with the departing Nat Ford…. Hence today’s 2 hour strike…

    The SFMTA only views the cab industry as a “cash cow” for the Muni. Charming.
    jack barry