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June 2018

Federal Tax Act opens possible avenue to fight Uber and city hall

by Mike Beggs

Due to the definition of a taxi business as contained in the Federal Excise Tax Act, Toronto owner/operator Gerry Manley claims there’s “no doubt” that Toronto’s Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw (2016) lies in conflict with that federal legislation. And, he believes this could be “the straw that breaks the backs” of those municipalities that have “illegally and irresponsibly allowed PTC’s into our marketplace”. MORE

Why is the City of Toronto continuing to ignore an economic and social ‘disaster of mammoth proportions’?

by Mike Beggs

“Nobody knows what’s going on.”

So says Toronto garage operator Peter Mandronis about the status of Municipal Licensing and Standard’s staff review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw, under which the City licensed Uber and all other Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s) under a separate category. It’s now two years overdue. MORE

Rape, traffic mayhem, financial desperation, suicide… Welcome to the brave new world of Uber Technologies

by Mike Beggs

Under intense scrutiny, Uber Technologies has waived the forced arbitration clause, which keeps victims of sexual assault or rape against the company from taking their allegations to a public courtroom. The rival Lyft quickly followed Uber’s lead.

Arbitration clauses are standard in the contracts of many major corporations, and amount to a legal loophole used to stifle women’s accounts of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. But they’ve been under attack as the #meToo movement gathers steam, and in January Microsoft Corp. became the first to repeal this clause. MORE

 

2018 Taxi News

The Fareless Wheel

This month we thought we’d do something a little different in this space and direct our readers’ attention to the editorial cartoon by Taxi News’s talented and longtime illustrator, Sandy McClelland. We thought it was a thing of beauty that says everything Mayor John Tory and the folks at city hall need to know about the state of Toronto’s taxi industry…

MORE NEWS

Federal Tax Act opens possible avenue to fight Uber and city hall

Why is the City of Toronto continuing to ignore an economic and social ‘disaster of mammoth proportions’?

Rape, traffic mayhem, financial desperation, suicide… Welcome to the brave new world of Uber Technologies

Industry advocate battles wrongful No Stopping tickets for taxi drivers

TLT tells vehicle-for-hire license applicant he has to wait

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This month’s Cover Cab is industry veteran Stavros (Steve) Karamitsos, who will be marking 40 years behind the wheel this August. A plate owner since 1994, Karamitsos says it was always possible to earn a decent living in the taxi business before city hall opened the flood gates for Uber and the PTCs. Now, he says, traffic downtown is a nightmare and business has never been worse.

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