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March 2017

City’s decision to open the floodgates for Uber X leaves vehicle-for-hire marketplace awash in desperate competition

by Mike Beggs

Toronto taxi industry members take issue with many aspects of the City’s new Vehicle-For- Hire Bylaw which legalized Uber X service under the new Transportation Network Company (TNC) category.

The conspicuous inequities of the new bylaw relate to vehicle standards, driver training, insurance, pricing of fares, licensing fees, and more. MORE

Mississauga taxi regulation looking more like Toronto’s every day, complain the city’s beleaguered taxi drivers

by Mike Beggs

Where is the Mississauga Licensing staff report with terms of reference for the upcoming one-year pilot project for Uber X?

That’s a burning question among that city’s taxi industry members, who have been waiting four months on this report, called for after Council voted in early November to disband a pilot project subcommittee tasked to lay down the rules for Uber X to operate under a one-year trial. MORE

Level playing field for Uber should include payment of HST

by Mike Beggs

Struggling taxi operators across Southern Ontario are looking down every avenue in hopes of regaining market share from Uber X.

But with business in his city down 15 percent per year, “just like everywhere else”, Burlington Taxi owner Scott Wallace suggests the industry may have to look beyond issues like plate values, licensing fees, insurance, in-car cameras, and safety, because in the end the general public “doesn’t really care” about the taxi industry’s problems, and, “it would take a serious accident before the government would step in.” MORE

 

2017 Taxi News

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Flooding the marketplace

Since the City of Toronto passed its new bylaw granting Uber Technologies free rein in the taxi marketplace, the streets of Toronto have been awash with desperate vehicle-for-hire competitors scrambling to earn a meager living. By one estimate, there are now some 28,000 operators serving a marketplace most commentators suggest would be more than ably served by 3,500…

This month’s Cover Cab is Standard plate owner and operator Mubashar Ahmad who has been driving cab in Toronto since 2003. Originally a night driver, Ahmad switched to driving days in 2010 so that he could spend more time with his children. He says he’d like to see Uber X more strictly regulated.

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