Why should I pay for a City of Toronto VFH Drivers licence?
by Gerald H. Manley
Province of Ontario and City of Toronto Governments
During the first forty-three years after I became a taxicab owner in the City of Toronto (“City”) in 1973, neither I nor any other taxicab owner was required to obtain an additional driver’s licence to drive his or her own taxicab, as their taxicab owner’s licence included their permission to drive, but that all changed on July 15, 2016. MORE
Toronto taxi operators file $1.7-billion class action suit against the City
by Mike Beggs
Hamstrung Toronto cab owner/operators say they were left with “no choice” but to initiate their $1.7-billion class action suit against the City.
On August 10, they filed a Statement of Claim in Ontario Superior Court (subsequent to last month’s Notice of Action), their business cut by more than half by Uber and Lyft, their plate and rental values basically now worth next to nothing, and the powers-that-be at city hall demonstrating little interest in heeding their calls for help, and with the Review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw more than a year behind schedule, and not projected to hit Council before the spring of 2019). MORE
NYC slaps one-year cap on ridesharing operators while promising to investigate traffic congestion and financial losses of taxi industry
by Mike Beggs
In what could be a stunning blow to Uber and Lyft, New York City Council voted 39-7 in favour of placing a temporary, one-year freeze on the number of ridesharing cars in the Big Apple.
On August 14, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into law, capping the number of Transportation Network Company (TNC) vehicles for a year (unless they are wheelchair accessible). In that time, the City will address the devastating impact of TNC’s on traffic congestion, pollution, taxi driver incomes, and the value of medallions.MORE
But will they listen?
MLS has finally announced the public consultation schedule for its long awaited review of the City’s botched 2016 Vehicle For Hire Bylaw. All industry stakeholders are strongly encouraged to participate. For a full schedule of selected dates for the various industry stakeholder groups
This month’s Cover Cab is Halifax cab driver Eric Calnen, photographed by Taxi News who caught up with him in Peggy’s Cove where Calnen was waiting for his fare to return from sight-seeing. A veteran of 24 years behind the wheel, he says so far Uber has enjoyed little success cracking Halifax’s taxi trade.