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December 2016

Is this Mayor Tory’s vision of the future?

by Mike Beggs

The continuing lack of information surrounding the implementation of Toronto’s new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw has left the taxi industry with a great many unanswered questions.

Taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley is boycotting payment of the City’s renewal fees, and has taken his extensive and critical in-depth correspondence all the way up to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in an ongoing effort to draw attention to what he believes is an outrageous breach of public trust, enumerating multiple examples of the bylaw’s shortcomings, including disregard for previous court rulings, conflicts with senior statute, patent unfairness, lack of common sense, and unenforceability. MORE

City casts off regulation of public protection and safety to make way for Uber

by Mike Beggs

What has happened to the regulation of taxi meters and in-car cameras?

Add that to the myriad of taxi industry concerns with the City of Toronto’s new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw licensing some 18,255 Uber X cars and counting.

Owner/operator of Solid One, the longest-running installation facility in the city, Nick Arvanitakis is among those troubled by the many bylaw changes, “made to accommodate Uber X and other PTC’s (Private Transportation Companies), combined with the news that the Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) inspection facility at 843 Eastern Avenue will be shut down on December 30. MORE

What do Tracey Cook’s blanket assurances of insurance compliance really mean?

by Mike Beggs

According to Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards, as of October 25, 18,255 Uber X drivers have been issued a Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s license, “meaning that every driver has been screened, their vehicle inspected, and insurance requirements met, as per the Vehicle-For-Hire requirements.” MORE

 

2016 Taxi News

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This is progress?

Taxi News has been attempting to document the real world effects of the latest City-imposed changes to the licensing bylaws since they were enacted in July, and the only clarity to be found is there are far too many urgent industry questions and concerns falling on deaf ears at Toronto city hall.

This month’s Cover Cab is Scarborough City Cab accessible taxi driver Ibrar Ahmed, a relative newcomer to the taxi trade. A native of Islamabad in Pakistan, Ahmed came to Canada two years ago and started driving cab just last year.

More News

Is this Mayor Tory’s vision of the future?

City casts off regulation of public protection and safety to make way for Uber

What do Tracey Cook’s blanket assurances of insurance compliance really mean?

Western Canadian holdouts against the Uber tide start rolling over same as their eastern counterparts

Bank ad campaign shines welcome light on taxi industry

TLPA hosts 98th annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona

Mississauga scraps contentious subcommittee, assigns Uber pilot to staff

Town of Oakville appears poised to license TNC’s

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