The Manley Letters
Since the enactment of Toronto’s game changing Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016, long-time Toronto taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley has made a concerted effort to draw attention to what he alleges to be the many flaws and illegalities contained in the controversial legislation, in the hope of creating greater awareness of the devastating impact it has had on both the taxi industry and the broader public interests it serves.
Since passage of the bylaw, he has sent a barrage of well-researched letters to countless politicians and bureaucrats at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, in the hope of spurring corrective regulatory action.
With a view to streamlining this voluminous body of research, Manley has issued a series of letters addressing specific problems inherent in the new regulatory landscape. Beginning this month, Taxi News will be running a news story highlighting one of these letters each month for the duration of the series. Manley’s original letters will be posted here on Taxinews.com, beginning with his letter to Premier Doug Ford. Subsequent letters in the series will be posted
here monthly following publication of the accompanying story in Taxi News…READ HERE
Long awaited MLS review proposes relief for accessible operators, at expense of desperate VFH industry and its customers– and that’s just one idea…
by John Q. Duffy
If recommended changes to the City’s Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw are passed by City council, all taxi, limousine and Private Transportation Company drivers will have to pass a re-established, City-approved, training course.
As well, a new fund paid for by licensing fees in the case of taxis and limos or an additional 10 cents a ride charge for PTC trips, is expected to raise just under $5 million a year to be used to subsidize existing accessible operators and, the City hopes, additional accessible service for the disabled. MORE
MLS’s review gets rough ride from industry deputations at city hall
by John Q. Duffy
Taxi industry deputations were less than enthusiastic about the latest report produced by Municipal Licensing and Standards staff proposing changes to how the For-Hire-Vehicle industry is regulated by the City.
At the June 24, 2019 meeting of the General Government and Licensing Committee those making presentations uniformly brought the committee attention to alleged defects in the report, for different reasons. MORE
Staff review arrives two years overdue and short on substance
by Mike Beggs
The Staff Review of Toronto’s controversial Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw is finally in – two years late, and short on substance.
That was the consensus among taxi industry leaders after digesting the Final Report’s 79 recommendations which were considered by the City’s General Government & Licensing Committee on June 24.
“We want them to send the report back for further amendments, because it’s not detailed enough,” said long-time owner/operator Lawrence Eisenberg, in mid-June. MORE
This is it?
After more than two years and multiple so-called consultations with the taxi industry, the PTC industry, limousine operators, the disabled community and the general public, MLS has finally produced its long awaited review of Toronto’s embattled vehicle-for-hire industry and the reviews are not good.
This month’s Cover Cab is retired taxi driver and long-time Taxi News contributor Peter McSherry, who recently contributed $500 to the ATOOL legal fund in support of Toronto’s disenfranchised taxi owners. McSherry is the subject of this month’s driver profile, here.