The Manley Letters
Since the enactment of Toronto’s game changing Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016, long-time Toronto taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley has made a concerted effort to draw attention to what he alleges to be the many flaws and illegalities contained in the controversial legislation, in the hope of creating greater awareness of the devastating impact it has had on both the taxi industry and the broader public interests it serves.
Since passage of the bylaw, he has sent a barrage of well-researched letters to countless politicians and bureaucrats at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, in the hope of spurring corrective regulatory action.
With a view to streamlining this voluminous body of research, Manley has issued a series of letters addressing specific problems inherent in the new regulatory landscape. Beginning this month, Taxi News will be running a news story highlighting one of these letters each month for the duration of the series. Manley’s original letters will be posted here on Taxinews.com, beginning with his letter to Premier Doug Ford. Subsequent letters in the series will be posted
here monthly following publication of the accompanying story in Taxi News…READ HERE
A message for Ontario Premier Doug Ford: province must exercise authority to rein in reckless municipal taxi regulators
by Mike Beggs
Since the enactment of Toronto’s game changing Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016, long-time Toronto taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley has made a concerted effort to draw attention to what he alleges to be the many flaws and illegalities contained in the controversial legislation, in the hope of creating greater awareness of the devastating impact it has had on both the taxi industry and the broader public interests it serves. MORE
University of Waterloo study finds rapidly evolving vehicle-for-hire industry rife with heightened health and safety risks for drivers and consumers
by Mike Beggs
Despite the image of intimacy and transparency associated with peer-to-peer ridesharing connections, the findings of a new study indicate, “there exists an interconnected risk landscape for rideshare and taxi drivers, the riding public, and society.”
Released by the University of Waterloo Faculty of Applied Health Sciences on November 1, the “Ride-Share Health And Safety Participant Feedback Report” observes that while ride-share companies claim features like tracking, passenger driver ratings, and cashless transactions make passengers and drivers safer than traditional taxi services, “the precariousness of ridesharing work is evident in driver experiences of health, safety, legal and financial risk of self-employment.” MORE
Chan Taxi latest casualty of City’s calamitous vehicle-for-hire regime
by Mike Beggs
The long-running Chan Taxi Ltd. is the latest Toronto garage to shutter its’ doors.
In or around the start of November, owner Tony Chan announced his retirement, “for so many reasons.”
But, top of the list was the trouble turning a buck since Uber came to town. He found a dwindling supply of drivers to man his fleet of cars (which went “down, down, down” from 40 to around a dozen vehicles, over the past few years). MORE
Join the fight!
If you haven’t heard of them before, ATOOL is the determined group behind the industry’s proposed $1.7 billion class action suit against the City of Toronto. “We’re desperate and we have no one to blame but the City,” says ATOOL member Andy Reti
This month’s Cover Cab is veteran driver and plate owner Sukhvir Thethi, one of three named plaintiffs in ATOOL’s fight to win financial restitution for the City’s systematic devastation of the taxi industry. “They’ve just abandoned us. They’ve made us orphans,” says Thethi. Click here to read the full story.