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December 2017

Has City completely turned its back on chaotic state of vehicle-for-hire industry?

by Mike Beggs

The whereabouts of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards’ long-anticipated one-year review of the City’s Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw has taken on added significance with Lyft cars reportedly hitting the streets before Christmas.

The news that Uber’s chief U.S. rival is coming to Canada represents yet another potentially heavy blow to Toronto cabbies, hard on the heels of Uber’s controversial take-over of the taxi marketplace. MORE

Lyft slated to hit Toronto streets later this month

by Mike Beggs

The fastest-growing ridesharing app in North America, Lyft will be hitting the streets of Toronto before Christmas with the rest of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area soon to follow.

This comes on the heels of Uber’s huge influx of competition in Canada’s largest city with 50,000 cars and counting.

Lyft has been sizing up this market for a few years. In making the announcement, GM Tom Houghton said Toronto was a “no brainer” for the company, and projects it will be the company’s fifth-largest market. MORE

Industry fumes over deteriorating state of taxi business while City turns its back

by Mike Beggs

So, is there any sign of Tracey Cook’s report on the horizon?

“None. It doesn’t exist,” says Beck Taxi operations manager Kristine Hubbard, citing informed conjecture from around city hall.

This was subsequently confirmed in a Toronto Star story in mid-October, where Cook said her one-year review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw has taken a back seat to more pressing issues like Air B’nB, pot shops, and short term rentals, and won’t be released any time soon. MORE

 

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Turning the corner

So, MLS’s Tracey Cook has reportedly “turned the corner” on the vexing vehicle-for-hire file. Apparently her long-overdue review of the City’s efforts to “level the playing field” can wait, the agency’s executive director has more pressing issues on her plate…

This month’s Cover Cab is relative industry newcomer Wasim Ahmad Nagi whose been driving cab in Toronto for two years. Nagi used to work as a service advisor for a car dealership. He says he takes real pride in his new job and feels he is an ambassador serving on the front lines of Toronto’s tourist trade.

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