City and MLS raking money out of
vehicle-for-hire industry hand over fist
by Mike Beggs
The perceived inequities and unfairness surrounding licensing in the new Vehicle For Hire bylaw are just a continuation of the City’s longstanding history of indifference to the industry’s problems for Toronto taxi interests.
Industry leaders uniformly dismiss Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards’ perennial claims of operating on a “cost recovery” basis. And having paid among the highest taxi licensing fees in the world for many years, they believe they contribute a disproportionate share to the MLS’s annual budget for the many industries it regulates. MORE
City’s calculated mismanagement of vehicle-for-hire regulation is unleashing calamitous consequences that serve no public interest but the politicians’
by Al Moore
(Editor’s note: The following was a written submission by Toronto taxi owner Al Moore to Mississauga Council presented March 29, 2017.)
Prior to 1982, taxi trips in Toronto-based taxis were cheaper than in almost every other major North America city (executive summary, 1982 Currie, Coopers & Lybrand report to Toronto’s then Licensing Commission).
That all changed in 1982, during the worst recession since the Great Depression, when Metro councillors changed the bylaw and started issuing taxi licences at an unprecedented rate. MORE
Mississauga taxi interests outraged by Council’s move to ‘level playing field’ by deregulating taxi plates
by Mike Beggs
Mississauga taxi operators are incensed with their Council’s unanimous approval of a Resolution to issue plates to all 250 drivers on the waiting list during the city’s controversial upcoming 18-month pilot project for Uber X vehicles.
Put forward by Councillor Carolyn Parrish, and seconded by Ron Starr on April 12, the Resolution is said to be designed to, “level the playing field” between taxis and Uber. MORE
The lie of cost recovery
Despite provincial law and ostensible City policy mandating the MLS collect fees on a “cost recovery” basis, the taxi industry has complained for decades the City uses it as a cash cow. For 30-plus years, virtually every regulatory policy council has enacted has made it progressively more difficult to earn a living in the taxi business while maximizing City revenues. When will the politicians be held to account?
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.