Determination of Eligibility. Each application shall be investigated by the SFMTA to determine the applicant’s eligibility pursuant to the factors listed herein. The SFMTA, in determining whether the permit should be granted, may consider such facts as it deems pertinent, but shall at least consider the following factors:
The applicant’s compliance with all applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations. If, during the five years prior to application, an applicant has violated any statute, ordinance or regulation which would be a basis for revocation of the permit, the SFMTA may, in its discretion, refuse to issue the permit.
The record of the applicant for the preceding five years with regard to any other permits issued for the commercial operation of a motor vehicle for the transport of passengers, either in the City or elsewhere.
Any prior convictions of a crime that would, in the judgment of the SFMTA, present a risk to public safety if a permit is granted, including but not limited to convictions involving sexual assault, the use of a vehicle in the commission of a felony, fraud, violence against a person, reckless disregard for public safety, two or more recent convictions of drug-related offenses, or two or more recent convictions of driving under the influence, whether or not such convictions occurred while driving a Motor Vehicle for Hire. The SFMTA may, in its discretion, issue a permit notwithstanding prior convictions if, following review of an individual case, it determines that the applicant or Permit Holder does not pose a current risk to public safety.
Burden of Proof on Applicant. A permit applicant shall have the burden of proving that the applicant meets all requirements for a permit.
Eligibility for a Medallion.
Applicants for a Taxi or Ramp Taxi Medallion must meet the eligibility requirements listed in Section 1103(c)(2)(A) through 1103(c)(2)(H) and be in compliance with any Controlled Substance Testing Program adopted by the SFMTA Board.
Each applicant for a Taxi or Ramp Taxi Medallion shall submit all completed application materials, including paper waybills and/or electronic trip data, and take any written, oral or practical examination required by the SFMTA within 45 calendar days of the date of the notice informing the applicant of the availability of a Medallion.
Before issuing a Taxi or Ramp Medallion, in addition to all other eligibility requirements, the SFMTA must determine that the applicant has been a Full-Time Driver during four of five consecutive calendar years. At the applicant’s election, the five years that the SFMTA considers may be either the five full calendar years immediately preceding the hearing, or the four full calendar years immediately preceding the hearing and the partial calendar year in which the hearing is held. The Full-Time Driving requirement for the year in which the application is heard may not be pro-rated for the purpose of determining whether to grant the application. This requirement of Full-time Driving for four of five consecutive years may only be satisfied by driving a Taxi or Ramp Taxi for which a permit has been issued by the SFMTA. Paper waybills completed in compliance with Section 1109(c)(5), electronic trip data, or other corroborating documentary evidence, may be used to establish eligibility for a Medallion for the purposes of this Section.
No applicant for a Taxi or Ramp Taxi Medallion shall be eligible to receive a Medallion if he or she holds a Medallion as an individual or if he or she is a shareholder in a corporation that holds one or more Medallions.
Eligibility for a Single Operator Part-time Taxi Medallion. The applicant must receive a passing score on a test administered by the SFMTA in accordance with Section 1103(e).
(SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-23, 2/23/2009; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-077, 5/19/2009; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-183, 10/20/2009; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 10-029, 2/26/2010; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 10-149, 11/16/2010; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 11-155, Ad. 12/6/2011, Eff. 1/6/2012; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 12-079, Ad. 6/5/2012, Eff. 7/6/2012; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 14-005 , Ad. 1/7/2014, Eff. 2/7/2014)