Taxi owner’s personal review of Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw concludes Mayor’s promised ‘level playing field’ is a total failure
by Mike Beggs
With Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards more than six months behind in its one-year review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw, veteran owner/operator Gerry Manley has taken his own comprehensive look at its contents.
And he concludes that the City has categorically failed to deliver on Mayor John Tory’s promise of a “fair and level playing field” between taxis and Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s) – pointing out a staggering 51sections and three appendixes of the new code that he believes require attention. MORE
Judge gives Ottawa taxi industry approval to proceed with $210 million suit against city for damages sustained in wake of Uber
by Mike Beggs
Taxi interests have been given the go-ahead to proceed with a $210-million Class Action Suit against the City of Ottawa – the largest such suit in the capital’s history.
On January 16, Ontario Superior Court Justice R. Smith ruled in favour of a motion to certify a class action proceeding filed by Metro Taxi (Marc Andre Way, and Iskhak Mail) on behalf of the industry’s 768 plate holders, and four brokerages against the City. The suit was filed on August 16, 2016. MORE
City’s King Street pilot project has everybody hot under the collar
by Mike Beggs
Restaurateurs, hoteliers, and shopkeepers have been making front page news about their losses under Toronto’s controversial King Street Pilot Project. Meanwhile, taxi operators are wondering why no one at city hall has given a second thought to their nose-diving fortunes since the implementation of the Vehicles-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016.
King St. business owners cite a 52 percent drop in trade since the year-long Pilot kicked off in November. After threatening protests and a law suit, they were granted a January 18 meeting with Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy, while taxi industry leaders looked on in consternation. MORE
The case against city hall
News that an Ottawa judge has granted that city’s taxi industry permission to proceed with a class action suit against the city has many Toronto taxi stakeholders reconsidering the viability of a similar court action against Toronto city hall. Certainly there is plenty of evidence to suggest the City is driving the taxi industry into the ground...
This month’s Cover Cab is San Francisco cab driver John Penman, a veteran of 10 years behind the wheel. Penman knows all too well what Toronto taxi drivers are going through. He says San Francisco has over 45,000 Uber and Lyft drivers serving a population of 860,000, competition that is making it very nearly impossible for he and his fellow cab drivers to make a living.