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September 2017

Veteran advocate concludes only way to fight city hall is in the courts

by Mike Beggs

Under the threat of license revocation, veteran cab driver Gerry Manley has finally ended his protracted protest against the City of Toronto during which the outspoken industry advocate refused to pay his license fees to Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards.

For the past year, he has waged a single-handed boycott to draw attention to the City’s alleged, “unfairness, lack of common sense, and conflicts of statute (contained in its controversial new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw), and inability to enforce it.”MORE

Industry holds out little hope for Cook review of City’s ‘crazy’ bylaw

by Mike Beggs

The status of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards executive director Tracey Cook’s overdue one-year Review of the Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw is just one more worry and aggravation for the beleaguered taxi industry.

“I guess they’re trying to stall it as much as they can,” alleges Peter’s Taxi owner Peter Mandronis. “I believe you won’t see it until January -- by the time the politicians come back from holidays, and they’re going to have important things on their agenda. MORE

Long-running fight for fair taxicab insurance takes new twist

by Mike Beggs

Toronto owner/operator Gerry Manley is hoping he has “hit a nerve” in his long-time push for “fair” taxi insurance rates in Ontario.

This comes after the receipt of an August 20 phone call from Tom Golfetto, Executive Director, Automobile Insurance Division, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to discuss his many concerns. (Golfetto had been contacted by the Ministry of Finance and instructed to call him, after Manley had filed several requests with Finance Minister Charles Sousa for a meeting to discuss issues involving the taxi industry.) MORE

 

2017 Taxi News

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A wake-up call

After years of fighting the City of Toronto and its hapless treatment of the taxi industry, outspoken advocate Gerry Manley has concluded the only way to make the politicians see sense is in the courts and he’s calling on all of his fellow industry members to join the fight. Maybe looking down the barrel of a $2-billion-plus law suit will get the regulators’ attention, says the outraged taxi operator.

This month’s Cover Cab is veteran advocate and iTaxi president Sajid Mughal. A veteran of 25 years behind the wheel, Mughal is an Ambassador driver and says he has seen a big drop in business since the City licensed Uber X in July of last year. He suggests Toronto taxi drivers watch for a new taxi app coming this fall that he hopes will
be competitive with Uber’s.

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