Industry in turmoil as everyone waits for new bylaw to kick in July 15
by Mike Beggs
Things were remarkably quiet in the wake of Toronto Council’s potentially devastating decision to open the doors wide to Uber X under the separate licensing category of Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s), on May 3.
Licensed taxi operators may be paralyzed by fear — or maybe they’re still sifting through the massive motion put forward by Mayor John Tory, with which he claims to be “leveling the playing field” -- by lessening the burden on the licensed industry, while laying down some strict parameters on Uber X drivers. Some will be scrutinizing the final wording of this hazy bylaw, which takes effect on July 15. MORE
City must actively enforce new restrictions on Uber X, says TTA
by Mike Beggs
Toronto’s Standard taxi plate owners got “the best possible result” from the new Toronto bylaw for ground transportation vehicles, passed by Toronto Council on May 3.
That was the message from Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) leaders at their public meeting on June 14 at the Woodbine Banquet Hall.
While acknowledging the devastating prospects of open entry/deregulation with the licensing of Private Transportation Companies like Uber X, they emphasized that Mayor John Tory’s motion saw the rules tightened up considerably for PTC’s, and loosened up for licensed taxi operators. MORE
Mississauga taxi operators outraged by City’s about-face on Uber file
by Mike Beggs
Mississauga was forced to push back the start of a one-year pilot project for Uber X service, after a crowd of furious cab drivers shut down the Council Chambers on June 27.
This special Subcommittee meeting, called to nail down the parameters of this trial program to test Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), got out of control after the passing of Mayor Bonne Crombie’s motion to grant Uber X unlimited entry into the Mississauga market – a motion totally counter to the Staff recommendation of just 47 cars, raising the disastrous prospect of immediate open entry, or deregulation. MORE
What are Council’s intentions?
The Bill 571 detailing Toronto’s new taxicab bylaw appears to have some very serious variations between what was passed by City Council in May and the final, legal language of the law expected to take effect on July 15 — including, reportedly, serious omissions regarding new insurance requirements for Uber X drivers. Then there’s the multi-million dollar question regarding what the City intends to do about enforcement…
This month’s Cover Cab is 25-year veteran Kartar Singh Grewal. A former Standard plate owner, Grewal now drives an Ambassador and estimates business is down 50 percent since the advent of Uber X. He says at the Dufferin Mall stand, cabs can be lined up 15 deep and Uber drivers brazenly pick up customers at the front of the line.