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
Few in taxi industry will mourn MLS executive director’s departure
by Mike Beggs
While widely vilified by the taxi industry for much of her contentious tenure, Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards executive director Tracey Cook has clearly impressed the folks at city hall.
On December 13, it was announced that Cook has been named Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services, with councillors unanimously approving her appointment. She starts on January 30, reporting to City Manager Chris Murray. MORE
Judge schedules October certification hearing for ATOOL class action suit
by Mike Beggs
Still seeking certification of their $1.7-billion class action suit against the City, Toronto taxi plate owners will, in all likelihood, have to wait another nine months to find out the status of their application.
At an Ontario Superior Court case management hearing on January 28, the Judge scheduled their Certification Hearing for October 15 to 17 (although that could be moved up if there’s an agreement between the two parties). MORE
Does anyone at city hall really believe it’s a good idea to unleash 80,000 vehicles-for-hire on Toronto’s streets?
by Mike Beggs
(Editor’s note: This is the third installment in Taxi News’s series on veteran industry observer Gerry Manley’s monthly letters addressing the many flaws and outright failures inherent in the City of Toronto’s calamitous 2016 Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw. Readers interested in reading the Manley letter discussed in this article will find it posted HERE
In the third of his series of monthly letters, Manley calls for the City to put a cap on the number of PTC vehicles -- which now stands at an unfathomable 72,000-plus -- leaving licensed taxi operators at the breaking point. He sees the open access granted to Uber, Lyft and like companies as one of the biggest problems with the new bylaw, butchering cab industry livelihoods while exacerbating gridlock and crime levels. MORE
Time to step up!
In an open letter, members of the ATOOL Steering Committee are calling on all Toronto plate owners and operators to step up and support the certification drive for their proposed $1.7 billion class action against the City of Toronto. “It will be a sad situation if an industry with 5,000 owners can’t raise money for such an important issue. We don’t want to walk away. However we can’t continue to carry this without financial help,” the letter states.
After 48 years behind the wheel, taxi driver and industry activist Gary Walsh is calling it quits. “I’ve been driving for 48 years and have enjoyed every single day,” says Walsh. Then one day in December, he had a bitter awakening. “My income has gone down steadily, until I just realized it wasn’t worth it. I was making $10 an hour for a 12-hour shift. I was better off working at McDonald’s.” See reporter Mike Beggs’ story on here