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October 2017

Is anyone at city hall paying attention to the dire state of affairs they’ve created in Toronto’s vehicle-for-hire industry?

by Mike Beggs

“Look, September is gone. We have no (report),” says Sajid Mughal, president of the iTaxiworkers Association.

The Toronto taxi industry has been anxiously awaiting the one-year Review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire (VFH) Bylaw, which was due July 1 from the office of Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards executive director Tracey Cook.MORE

Mississauga taxi interests still fuming over city’s decision to issue 38 more plates in tandem with controversial Uber pilot project

by Mike Beggs

Perhaps reflecting widespread disillusionment, only a handful of cab industry members turned out for the September 18 meeting of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee (PVAC).

With the contentious 18-month Pilot Project for Uber X vehicles now underway, staff filed a report containing a line-by-line review of the Public Vehicle Licensing Bylaw 420-04, as directed by Council in April , “with an eye to eliminating or modifying all and every bylaw or resolution, to parallel those in the regulations for the Pilot Project governing TNC’s. (These measures were pushed for by Councillor Carolyn Parrish, to ensure licensed cabbies would be operating on the same playing field as Uber X cars). MORE

Montreal Mayor laughs off Uber’s threat to pull out of Quebec

by Mike Beggs

“Bye-bye, see you later.”

That comment from Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre certainly made for a colourful sound bite, in response to Uber’s threat to pull its popular services from La Belle Province.

But only time will tell whether the Province of Quebec and the Mayor will stand by the heavy conditions they’ve laid down on Uber, in order to have its pilot project renewed later this month. MORE

 

2017 Taxi News

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Who’s in the wheelhouse?

When Uber’s largest European marketplace, London, England, announces the app-based taxi dispatch company is not having its license renewed, it has to be a wake-up call for every other jurisdiction in the world. Or so you would think. Sadly, no one at Toronto city hall appears to be much interested in the rapidly deteriorating state of its vehicle-for-hire industry…

This month’s Cover Cab is Ambassador owner Martin Ceh-Seremet who this year marks his 50th anniversary driving taxi in Toronto. Driving cab has been good to him, says Ceh-Seremet but the recent advent of Uber has taken a big cut out of his bottom line. He hopes Toronto learns a lesson from other jurisdictions that are finally cracking down on the upstart tech behemoth.

MORE NEWS

Is anyone at city hall paying attention to the dire state of affairs they’ve created in Toronto’s vehicle-for-hire industry?

Mississauga taxi interests still fuming over city’s decision to issue 38 more plates in tandem with controversial Uber pilot project

Montreal Mayor laughs off Uber’s threat to pull out of Quebec

City of London threatens to pull Uber’s licence, declares it is not a ‘fit or proper operator’

City’s expanding bike network creates added challenges for harried taxi operators

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