At UTWSD, our campaigns in and around the communityUTWc2 are vital to raising our voices together for a better life for all drivers in San Diego and their families.

We are always looking for good volunteers to help with our campaigns. To Volunteer click here

Our Team

The UTWSD team is the heart of our organization. OurTeamLogoWorking tirelessly to meet with elected officials, committees and attend hearings and meetings, the UTWSD team works hard every day. But most of the work, you don’t even see. The organizing, strategizeing and planning that goes into every presentation and hearing is where the magic happens. And we couldn’t do it without YOU, our members.


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    UPDATE: Permit Letters of Intent Available March 2nd

    UPDATE: MTS will be releasing a letter of intent for drivers who are interested in obtaining a permit on March 2nd, 2015.  There will be a $50 non-refundable fee that will be credited toward your full permit application. Letters of Intent will be accepted up until March 31, 2015. People who fill out letters of intent will be given priority when permits are released. Applicant Requirements: Provide evidence of at least six months experience of driving a taxicab, transportation network vehicle, charter party carrier service or similar service-oriented transportation business; or managing a demand responsive transportation service or similar service-oriented business Must pay all the required non-refundable fees per the MTS Fee Schedule Must pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check from the CA DOJ, FBI and local agencies Must submit and receive approval for a business name (DBA) Must provide evidence of ability to meet MTS insurance requirements ($1 million liability CSL) Must provide evidence of financial ability to meet screening criteria and regulatory requirements Must meet all other regulatory requirements for a taxicab owner specified in Ordinance 11 Must obtain a Business Tax License from the City of San Diego, which will be required to be submitted to the Sheriff’s Licensing Division at the completion of the permit issuance process with MTS Vehicle Requirements: Must meet all regulatory and ordinance requirements Must meet California Air Resources Board criteria for zero emission or low-emission vehicle Must be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) Must not be older than ten (10) years of model age Must not have a “salvage” title Must pass an initial permit issuance inspection and pass additional follow-up inspections Adequate facilities must be demonstrated for: Administrative functions – to include a business office with public access, vehicle maintenance facility with address and address of off-street vehicle storage when not in service Customer Service Plan Criteria: Must include acceptance of credit cards, customer complaint system and must maintain records of all calls for service, calls dispatched, trips and complaints UTWSD is committed to helping all driver members to fill out their applications when they’re released.  As always we will keep you updated when more information is available. In Solidarity, UTWSD
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As working class, taxi drivers do not often experience fair opportunities to access the American Dream. UTWSD helps by providing free council concerning the taxi industry and works alongside our driver members to advocate for change. UTWSD acts as a liaison facilitating dialog, fair treatment, and input on policy issues in order to facilitate positive cultural communication throughout the industry. A strong drivers’ voice in civil life helps ensure drivers’ rights are protected. Overall, UTWSD helps improve working conditions, policies, and driver benefits including health, safety and well being.


UTWSD is committed to improve the image of the San Diego taxicab industry through continued advanced, culturally and linguistically appropriate training to both our drivers and the general public.


UTWSD is a a multi-ethnic membership-based organization formed in January 2010 immediately following the taxi drivers’ strike of December 2009. High lease prices, harassment by law enforcement and public transportation officials, and a generally languishing taxi industry necessitated better self representation and organization among drivers. Striking drivers appointed leadership and formed UTWSD. Since then UTWSD drivers have lead the charge in effectuating real change for the taxi industry here in San Diego.


UTWSD drivers started to become civically engaged in order to address various issues they face in the taxi industry. They’ve done this by studying City government, attending meetings and registering hundreds of community members to vote. Our community is ready to organize and engage!