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May 2019

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

Release of MLS’s Public Consultation Summary fails to impress

by Mike Beggs

Just released as part of the Review of Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire, a Public Consultation Summary is being broadly shot down by taxi industry veterans.

This document summarizes the feedback heard during the first phase of public consultations, staged from September 17 to October 3, 2018. (A second round of public consultations recently wrapped up, with the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards’ Final Report expected in the second quarter of 2019). MORE

When will politicians wake up to urgent need for strict ridesharing regulation?

by Mike Beggs

Just like the January 2018 death of Toronto’s Nicholas Cameron in an Uber car, so the recent slaying of 21-year-old South Carolina student Samantha Josephson at the hands of a fake Uber driver has further galvanized concerns about the training and safety standards of Private Transportation Company (PTC) service. MORE

ATOOL members increasingly optimistic about prospects for certification of their $1.7 Billion class action suit against the City of Toronto

by Mike Beggs

Seeking $1.7 billion-plus in compensation for their losses since Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s ) came to town, Toronto taxi plate owners keep finding glimmers of hope as they await a fall certification hearing for their class action suit against the City.

That ranges from the positive precedents set by the certification of class action suits in Quebec, and Ottawa, to just receiving a $500 contribution from retired shift driver and former Taxi News columnist Peter McSherry. MORE

 

2019 Taxi News

A public outrage

What is it going to take to get the powers that be at city hall to wake up to the tragic reality that they have utterly failed to ensure passenger and driver safety in Toronto’s re-envisioned vehicle-for-hire industry?

MORE NEWS

Release of MLS’s Public Consultation Summary fails to impress

When will politicians wake up to urgent need for strict ridesharing regulation?

ATOOL members increasingly optimistic about prospects for certification of their $1.7 Billion class action suit against the City of Toronto

Monster Uber IPO still dogged by questions about company’s long-term viability

MLS policies regarding PTC and taxi criminal background checks riddled with troubling questions and inconsistency

Industry veteran was leading advocate for rights of struggling TTL owners

TLT grants VFH renewal despite careless driving conviction and $15,000 in unpaid fines

VFH driver keeps license despite impaired driving conviction

TLT pulls plug on two prehearing resolutions due to MLS staff ‘inexperience’

ATOOL supporter struggles to understand City’s ‘unconscionable’ treatment of taxi industry

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May’s Cover Cab is 45-year veteran cab operator and plate owner Frank Nast, a dedicated supporter of ATOOL’s bid to launch a $1.7 Billion class action suit against the City of Toronto. “I was born in Toronto and I’m still here, and I’m not getting out. I refuse to back away from the business. I’m here to the bitter end,” says Nast. See this month’s driver profile, here.

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