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January 2018

Has anyone at city hall asked themselves how Toronto’s 60,000 vehicles-for-hire will earn a living?

by Mike Beggs

The New Year rolled in with still no sign of Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards’ promised one-year review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw.

This comes at the most challenging of times for Toronto’s licensed taxi industry, having seen its revenue base further eroded by an unlimited number of Uber X vehicles, and now competing against yet another American ridesharing power, Lyft – not to mention the new Toronto-based startup, InstaRyde. MORE

The plot thickens as Lyft and other app services hit the streets

by Mike Beggs

The Uber-Lyft war has been heating up in the U.S. over the past year -- and it’s now officially underway in Toronto.

On December 12, Lyft cars hit the streets with Blues Jays’ pitcher Marcus Stroman taking the first ceremonial ride, in a fundraising effort for Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

This marks Lyft’s first step towards expansion outside of the U.S. -- with co-founder and CEO John Zimmer recently voicing his long-term ambitions of being the number one ridesharing company in the world. MORE

Few mourn Minnan-Wong announcement he is moving on

by Mike Beggs

The news that Denzil Minnan-Wong is stepping down to run for a provincial seat may be regarded by some as a significant loss for Toronto City Council, but certainly not by the Toronto taxi industry.

On a break from Council on December 7, Minnan-Wong announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Don Valley East, the same riding he has served as councillor for for the past 24 years.

He told the Toronto Star it was “time for a change” both for him, and at Queen’s Park where the Liberals have held power since 2003. MORE

 

2018 Taxi News

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Do the math!

Has anyone at city hall ever paused to ask themselves how some 60,000 Toronto vehicle-for-hire operators can possibilly earn a decent living? Pay their bills? Feed their families? Does anyone at Toronto city hall care enough to do the math and calculate the human cost of their reckless disregard for taxi regulation?

This month’s cover cab is Mohamud Hagi Salim Hassan who says he worked hard for 10 years to buy his own plate and now he’s glad he did. Hassan says these days plate ownership is the only way a driver can stay in the business and try to earn a living.

MORE NEWS

Has anyone at city hall asked themselves how Toronto’s 60,000 vehicles-for-hire will earn a living?

The plot thickens as Lyft and other app services hit the streets

Few mourn Minnan-Wong announcement he is moving on

Province of Quebec promises to compensate taxi industry for losses due to Uber

Toronto Council plays tough with Uber

Centennial announces accessible vehicle-for-hire training

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