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August 2017

Few expect sorry state of Toronto’s
vehicle for hire trade to receive honest airing in forthcoming MLS review of City’s so-called ‘level playing field’

by Mike Beggs

Why did the City of Toronto legislate and regulate one ridesharing company (the since-departed Hailo) under the then existing taxi bylaw, while for three years it allowed Hailo’s ridesharing competitor, Uber, to operate with complete impunity?

Add that to the burgeoning list of questions the taxi industry has for Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards executive director Tracey Cook, when her one-year anniversary Review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw finally surfaces. MORE

Uber scrambles to address growing problems in void created by helpful regulators

by Mike Beggs

Clearly in damage control mode, in early July Uber Technologies introduced a “tipping” option to its app in 121 U.S. and Canadian cities, including such major markets as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Toronto.

This abrupt reversal of form was part of the “180 Days Of Change” program, Uber management’s multi-pronged effort to improve its driver experience and stem the company’s declining driver retention rate. MORE

Unregulated surge of ‘ridesharing’ wreaking havoc on NYC medallion values

by Mike Beggs

Uber, Lyft, and the like have clearly taken a huge bite out of the Big Apple’s famed taxi fleet.

A report from January of this year estimated that Uber and Lyft now outnumber New York’s Yellow cabs by four to one. And a July 15 article in the Associated Press reports that these ridesharing companies have been so disruptive to New York that they have caused many taxi operators and now money lenders -- to go under. MORE

 

2017 Taxi News

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Seriously?

This month Taxi News would like to draw your attention to a letter from taxi operator Sid Kash in which he recounts what he observed during a clearly ill-informed and misguided MLS enforcement blitz on the Union Station taxi stand. What ensued was a comedy of errors which concluded with Kash being issued $1,460 worth of bylaw infractions.

This month’s Cover Cab is 45-year industry veteran and outspoken advocate Mike Tranquada, who runs Independent Toronto Taxi Incorporated, an organization representing some 300-350 members for whom Mike coordinates insurance and
risk management. The group includes Ambassadors, TTLs, Standard plate owners and limo operators.

 

More News

Few expect sorry state of Toronto’s vehicle for hire trade to receive honest airing in forthcoming MLS review of City’s so-called ‘level playing field’

Uber scrambles to address growing problems in void created by helpful regulators

Unregulated surge of ‘ridesharing’ wreaking havoc on NYC medallion values

City grapples with King St. traffic

Scarborough City Cab hosts annual picnic

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