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June 2017

Devastated industry holds little hope for Cook review

by Mike Beggs

With the window closing down on Tracey Cook’s one-year review of the new Vehicle For Hire Bylaw, licensed Uber X cars saturating the streets, and a regulator that has been almost totally incommunicado, Toronto taxi industry members agree something must be done – and fast.

But what exactly? MORE

Worried Mississauga taxi operators await PVAC decision on 250 plate issues

by Mike Beggs

Mississauga cab operators are guardedly hopeful heading into a Special Meeting of the city’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee (PVAC) on June 7.

There is only one item on the agenda to be discussed – Item 3 of the Resolution unanimously adopted by Council on April 12, the controversial recommendation to issue 250 temporary taxi plates off the waiting list for the 18-month pilot project for Uber X vehicles. MORE

Top EU legal advisor calls spade a spade: Uber is a transportation company

by Mike Beggs

Uber received yet another punch to the gut recently, when the top legal advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) deemed that it should be regulated as a transportation company, and not a digital app.

In a public statement, the ECJ’s Advocate General Maciej Szpunar advised that, “While innovative, the Uber electronic platform falls within the field of transport, and it must obtain the necessary licenses and authorizations under national law. MORE

 

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Tell it like it is

Finally a voice of reason in the mad rush to abandon the world’s taxi market place to ride booking monster Uber Technologies, European Court of Justice Advocate General Maciej Szpunar: “While innovative, the Uber electronic platform falls within the field of transport… (and) cannot be regarded as a mere intermediary between drivers and passengers… The service amounts to the organization, and management of a comprehensive system for on-demand urban transport.”

This month’s Cover Cab is Elias Bernard Shillingford, a veteran of 48 years driving cab, along with other jobs like driving a snow plow and heavy machinery on construction sites. Elias says he once got a $50 ticket for beeping his horn to get the attention of a fare.

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