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(a) Setting Rates of Fare and Gate Fees. At least every other fiscal year, the SFMTA Board shall hold a hearing to determine, in its sole discretion, whether the rates of fare and cap on gate fees then in effect should be increased, decreased or remain unchanged.
(b) Taxi Fares.
(1) Standard Fare. The fare for Taxis and Ramp Taxis shall be as follows: $3.50 for the first fifth of a mile or "flag"; $0.55 for each additional fifth of a mile or fraction thereof; and $0.55 for each one minute of waiting or traffic delay time.
(2) Flat Rate for Combined Trips. Following the issuance of cab sharing regulations by the Director of Transportation, a driver may charge a flat rate of up to $11 per person where two or more passengers are taking a trip whose origin or destination are different, and who are sharing the taxi for a portion of their combined trips instead of charging the metered rate. The flat rate may only be used with the advance consent of all affected passengers. Revenue for flat rate trips must be recorded on the Taximeter.
(3) Out-of-Town Trips. Drivers are authorized to collect 150 percent of the metered rate for any trips originating in the City with a final destination that is more than 15 miles beyond City limits. Drivers are also authorized to collect 150 percent of the metered rate for any trip originating at the San Francisco International Airport ("SFO") if the trip requires crossing either the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge and the final destination is more than 15 miles beyond City limits. For trips originating at SFO that do not require crossing either the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge, Drivers are authorized to collect 150 percent of the metered rate if the final destination is not within City limits and is more than 15 miles from SFO.
(4) Deduction for Time While Disabled. In the event that a taxicab breaks down while conveying for hire any passenger or passengers, the Driver may not charge any passenger for the time during which the vehicle is disabled.
(c) Taxi Fees in Addition to Fares. Except as otherwise authorized by Section 1124(b)(2)or (b)(3), a Driver or Color Scheme must charge a passenger the fare displayed on the Taximeter, and may charge any of the additional fees set forth below, if applicable.
(1) Airport Fee. For taxicab trips originating at San Francisco International Airport that incur an airport trip fee, the taxicab driver may collect $4.00 of that trip fee from the passenger upon receipt of cab fare from the passenger.
(2) Bridge Tolls. Drivers are authorized to collect bridge tolls in advance from passengers whose destination requires the crossing of a toll bridge, regardless of the direction in which the toll is collected.
(3) Cleaning Fee. Drivers are authorized to collect a cleaning fee of up to $100 from any passenger who permanently stains the interior of the vehicle or who renders the vehicle temporarily unfit for for-hire passengers because of spillage of any substance such that the vehicle must be taken out of service and cleaned.
(4) Oversized Luggage Fee. A Driver is entitled to charge an additional amount not to exceed $1 for each piece of luggage that cannot be conveyed either in the passenger compartment of the vehicle or in the vehicle's trunk with the trunk-lid closed. Each passenger shall be entitled to have conveyed without charge such valise or small package as can be conveniently carried within the vehicle. Other than the charges authorized by this subsection, no charge shall be made by the driver for loading or unloading baggage.
(5) Fees Requiring Passenger Consent. A Color Scheme Permit Holder may charge the taxi passenger the following additional fees, but only if the passenger consents to such fees in advance and has placed a credit card number on file with the Color Scheme. Customer consent for imposition of any fee listed in this subsection (c)(6) may be obtained prior to or at the time of the trip booking, but only after the customer is informed of the amount of the fee and the circumstances under which the fee will be imposed.
(A) Cancellation Fee. A cancellation fee of up to $10 may be charged to any consenting customer who either cancels the trip after any established grace period has elapsed, or is not present when the Driver arrives at the location specified by the customer for pick up. A cancellation fee may not be imposed if the Driver arrives at the location specified by the customer for pick up in excess of 25 minutes after the Color Scheme accepted the trip booking. The cancellation fee shall be paid in full to the Driver who responds to the request for service.
(B) E-Hail Fee. An E-Hail Fee of up to $5 may be charged by a Color Scheme that provides E-hail service to any customer who requests taxi service by E-Hail.
(d) Payment of Taxi Fares and Fees by Credit Cards. Drivers must accept major credit cards (including at a minimum Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), as payment of taxi fare. This section shall be strictly enforced.
(1) Credit Card Processing Fees. A Driver may elect to establish his or her own account for credit card payment processing with any merchant account service that conforms to PCI DSS standards and provides an electronic or paper receipt clearly indicating that the payment was made for San Francisco taxicab fare, the date, the fare amount and a toll-free number for passenger and Driver payment inquiries to the merchant account holder or its customer service representative; provided, however, that a Driver must allow a passenger to choose to pay the fare using any available payment system, at the passenger's option. No Color Scheme may retaliate against a Driver for electing, or not electing, to establish his or her own credit card processing account.
(e) Gate Fees.
(1) Cap on Gate Fees. A Color Scheme Permit Holder or a Medallion Holder may not charge Drivers a mean gate fee that exceeds $106.25 for a shift of 10 hours or longer. The cap shall be prorated at $10.62 per hour for shifts shorter than 10 hours. The mean gate fee shall be determined by adding together the gate fees charged by the company for all available shifts during one week and dividing that total by the number of available shifts during the week. For purposes of this subsection, a Color Scheme Permit Holder is responsible for all gate fees that are assessed for use of any Gas and Gates Medallion that is affiliated with the Color Scheme. The Medallion Holder is responsible for all gate fees charged for the use of his or her Medallion if it is not operated as a Gas and Gates Medallion.
(2) Gate Fee Surcharge For Low Emission Vehicles. Notwithstanding subsection 1122(c)(1), a Color Scheme may collect a surcharge of $7.50 on any gate fee charged for use of a low emission vehicle, subject to the requirements of this subsection. The surcharge shall be for a shift of ten hours or longer, and shall be prorated at $0.75 per hour for shifts shorter than ten hours. The surcharge shall be in addition to the company's basic gate fee and any other surcharges, increases, or adjustments to the gate fee cap authorized by the City, and may be collected for the life of the vehicle.
(3) Definition of "Low Emission Vehicle." For purposes of this subsection, "low emission vehicle" means a Taxi or Ramp Taxi approved by the SFMTA that is rated as SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) or better by the California Air Resources Board. "Low emission vehicle" shall also include a vehicle that is rated as ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) if that vehicle was approved by the Taxi Commission and placed into service as a San Francisco Taxi or Ramp Taxi prior to March 1, 2009.
(Added as Sec. 1122 by SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-077, 5/19/2009; amended by SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-104, 6/16/2009; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 10-056, 4/20/2010; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 10-103, 7/6/2010; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 11-064, Ad. 5/17/2011, Oper. 6/21/2011; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 11-111, Ad. 8/2/2011, Eff. 9/2/2011; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 12-078, Ad. 6/5/2012, Eff. 7/6/2012; redesignated and amended by SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 12-111 , Ad. 8/21/2012, Eff. 9/21/2012; amended by SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 13-229 , Ad. 10/15/2013, Eff. 11/14/2013, Oper. (in part) 4/15/2014; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 14-080 , Ad. 5/20/2014, Eff. 6/20/2014; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 15-068 , Ad. 5/5/2015, Eff. 6/5/2015; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 170103-004, Ad. 1/3/2017, Eff. 2/3/2017; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 181016-143, Ad. 10/16/2018, Eff. 11/16/2018)