The Manley Letters
Since the enactment of Toronto’s game changing Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016, long-time Toronto taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley has made a concerted effort to draw attention to what he alleges to be the many flaws and illegalities contained in the controversial legislation, in the hope of creating greater awareness of the devastating impact it has had on both the taxi industry and the broader public interests it serves.
Since passage of the bylaw, he has sent a barrage of well-researched letters to countless politicians and bureaucrats at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, in the hope of spurring corrective regulatory action.
With a view to streamlining this voluminous body of research, Manley has issued a series of letters addressing specific problems inherent in the new regulatory landscape. Beginning this month, Taxi News will be running a news story highlighting one of these letters each month for the duration of the series. Manley’s original letters will be posted here on Taxinews.com, beginning with his letter to Premier Doug Ford. Subsequent letters in the series will be posted
here monthly following publication of the accompanying story in Taxi News…READ HERE
No relief in store for ailing taxi industry as City opts to tinker around the edges of disastrous 2016 VFH Bylaw
By John Q. Duffy
The latest round of amendments to Toronto’s Vehicle For Hire bylaws contain very little immediate relief for taxi drivers.
Reinstitution of some form of driver training for all vehicle for hire drivers will likely have some kind of impact on Private Transportation Companies, however.
About 90,000 drivers now registered as working for PTCs, as well as about 10,000 licensed taxicab drivers, will have to undergo some form of “third party” or outside the company training, as yet to be determined by City staff. MORE
‘It’s like sitting in the middle of the ocean— no one can hear you’
by Mike Beggs
As many Toronto cab industry members would tell it, they’ve only been thrown further “under the bus” after Council’s July 18 approval of the amended Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) Final Report recommendations.MORE
ATOOL gears up for November certification hearing into $1.7 billion class action against City of Toronto
by Mike Beggs
A plaintiff in the taxi plate owners’ proposed $1.7-billion-plus class action suit against the City accuses Toronto Legal of “dragging its feet” in addressing this legal challenge.
This came after the City was well over a month overdue in responding to the affidavit filed by the owners. And according to Lucky 7 Taxi owner Lawrence Eisenberg, “something finally came in” at the end of June; but the group is choosing not to comment on the contents of this submission from Municipal Licensing and Standards executive director Carleton Grant. MORE
Were we dreaming?
Remember the days when Council promised taxis were important to the city, that you were front line ambassadors, crucial to presenting a good impression to visitors and critical in providing top level service to taxi users at a price that was fair to both passengers and the driver? Well wake up, and welcome to the world according to Uber.
August’s Cover Cab is 35-year taxi veteran Steve DeNicola, who remembers well the days when he could earn a decent living. “I used to joke that I worked twice the hours for half the pay. Now it’s no joke,” says DeNicola, subject of this month’s driver profile on here.