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Greener Than Thou: "Green Tax" Proposed for City Cabs

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Greener Than Thou is our report on San Francisco’s obsession with all things green, calling bullshit in the poseurs and lavishing praise on those who have secured their place in environmental paradise. Ride a Segway scooter (orange safety vest optional)? Holler!

Peskin— Supervisor Aaron Peskin— introduced a proposal on Monday to the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee that will increase fees for both cab companies and drivers in hopes of reducing carbon emissions from cabs by 20 percent, by 2011. Both Peskin's plan, and a separate proposal by Supe Michela Alioto-Pier increase gate fees and allow for additional charges if vehicles are green. (Read: cabbies will have to pay more to drive their cabs.) Peskin's supporters, including Taxicab Commission Chair Paul Gillespie (whose cabdriver status offers him some sort of street cred, we suppose), believes that the surcharge will be offset by savings on fuel.
Daly— Supervisor Chris Daly— is not down. At all. “To charge the lowest-earning segments of the taxi industry for a large share of cleaning up the industry is the wrong way to go," says Daily. The United Taxi Workers, a cabbies' union, is not supporting the proposal, either. Peskin and Alioto-Pier's plans are to be discussed next week; Peskin has called for a July 2008 enforcement date should his latest master plan be passed. For those of you unfamiliar with the term "gypsy cab"— also known as a "jitney" or "hack"— now might be the time to learn about that phenomenon. Or not.
· Proposals put forward to cut emissions from cab [SF Examiner]