Grieving mother lambastes City for abdicating role in safety regulation of vehicle-for-hire
industry: ‘Who thought this was a good idea?’
by John Q. Duffy
It took a grieving mother to grab the attention of the Licensing and Standards Committee.
Cheryl Hawkes told the committee on Thursday, June 18, that her adult son, Nicholas Cameron was killed while riding in an Uber-dispatched car.
She said the driver pulled over to the side of the Gardiner Expressway, then pulled into traffic where the car was hit by another vehicle, killing the 26-year old passenger.
She said the Uber driver has been charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death as well as other charges. MORE
Airport Authority opens the door for Uber and Lyft at Pearson International
by Mike Beggs
Uber and Lyft drivers are now authorized to do pickups and drop-offs at Pearson International Airport under a new pilot project.
And licensed airport taxi and limo operators are furious.
On June 12, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) announced the launch of this trial for ridesharing companies at Toronto Pearson, providing another regulated transportation option for the 57 million annual passengers and 49,000 workers at Canada’s largest airport. MORE
Province extends HOV lane pilot project for taxi and limo operators
by Mike Beggs
In a rare bit of good news for the GTA’s struggling licensed taxi and limo operators, the pilot project allowing them to use provincial High-Occupancy Lanes (HOV) lanes has been extended for another two years.
In a May 8 letter to Toronto owner/operator Gerry Manley, MOT director of transportation planning Tija Dirks confirmed that, “the pilot project has been extended until June 20, 2020. MORE
The Cook Report
At long last Municipal Licensing and Standards has come up with a work plan for the overdue follow up review of the 2016 taxi industry reforms. The bad news is very few of the taxi industry’s long list of grievances has been contemplated by MLS staff in their draft work plan…
This month’s Cover Cab is second generation taxi industry member Sam Moini who is running for Toronto City Council in October’s municipal election. The Willowdale Ward 29 candidate, who runs HPM Taxi and is president of the Toronto Fleet Operators Association, says it is time for new vision and positive ideas at city hall.