Monthly Archives August 2011

Taxicab Advisory Committee (TAC) ELECTIONS!!!

A little background….. The Taxicab Advisory Committee (TAC) was established in September of 1994 to provide feedback and direction to the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board for action on the taxicab industry’s concerns. Since March 2010, UTWSD members and its dedicated staff have pushed to improve the taxicab industry by restructuring a board no longer reflective of the industry, by challenging current MTS oversight and enforcement and by protecting drivers from unfair practices and illegal competition. Without adequate representative or a proper forum to air grievances and be heard, drivers would continue to be harassed during shifts and retaliated against
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Know Your Rights & Responsibilities!

Rights: Leases: There’s a problem with the leases and we are working to fix it so that they are written with protections for drivers. In the mean time you should ask for a copy of the papers before you sign them in order to consult with UTWSD legal representatives. Remember you have the right to get your agreement document. If the owner refuses to give you a copy before or after you sign it please report it to our office. Ticketing: When issued a fine by an officer, you have a right to an appeal. Safe Vehicles: Demand a safe
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Limited Authorization of Sheriff ID Confiscations

After extensive communication between the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the UTWSD including our volunteer attorney Monisola Kehinde and the ACLU of San Diego we were able to achieve a policy reform victory that limits the authority of law enforcement officials to confiscate drivers’ Sheriff’s Licenses. We thank the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for ensuring that a taxi driver’s civil right to due process is protected. Here are the only reasons that the Sheriff’s Department has authorized their taxicab enforcement to confiscate Sheriff’s Licenses: Sheriff’s Taxi I.D. Card is expired/invalid. The taxi company vehicle they are driving is not
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UTWSD Outreach Efforts!

We Invite Our Current Members to Help Us Build Our Future Membership! We are currently outreaching to ALL San Diego taxi drivers to spread the word about the UTWSD. We will also be conducting a survey to gather data about San Diego taxi drivers and the issues they are facing. If you haven’t already taken the survey you can fill it out here. When everyone helps, Everyone Wins! So please ask your friends and family to support the UTWSD and Sign Up to Volunteer for our county wide recruitment efforts.
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Meeting Times/Locations

2012 UTWSD Driver Meetings (4th Monday of every month -additional meeting times and locations coming soon) Tuesday, January 24, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21 Tuesday, March 19
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Economic Summit for a Better San Diego

Come support the UTWSD and the region’s leading community organizations for a day-long discussion on the economic issues that affect the lives of all San Diegans. When: Saturday, August 27. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Horace Mann Middle School @ 4345 54th Street This event is free to the public & lunch will be served. The UTWSD will be doing a breakout session around 10 a.m. Hope to see you there! For more information, or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth at (619)228-8101 or abettersandiego@gmail.com.
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