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
Taxi owners in Mississauga and Toronto determined to have their day in court
by Mike Beggs
In the $100-million law suit they’ve just filed against their City, more than 200 Mississauga taxi plate owners are seeking to, “mitigate the gross injustice we have suffered.”
“Our losses stemmed from the illegal incursion of Uber, which operated in direct contravention of the Public Vehicle Bylaw, with impunity,” says spokesman and plate owner Peter Pellier in a press release. “Longstanding regulations, in place for decades were totally ignored, exacerbated by the City’s failure to enforce the bylaw. Given free rein, Uber quickly captured a lion’s share of the vehicle for-hire market at our considerable expense.” MORE
Saskatoon taxi interests join surge of legal action against regulators
by Mike Beggs
Saskatoon is the latest Canadian city to be served with a class action suit, brought against it by taxi brokers and owners in late July. They allege the City’s new bylaw unfairly favours Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) and is having, “catastrophic effects on the cab business.” MORE
Recent unionization of GTA Uber Black drivers spells trouble for ride-sharing’s controversial business model
by Mike Beggs
In yet another headache for Uber, at least several hundred GTA drivers working with the Uber Black luxury service are now being represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a private sector union with 250,000 members across many Canadian industries, and extending into the U.S. MORE
Uber’s rabbit hole
Around the world people are slowly waking up to the reality that the great Uber experiment is a monstrous bust. Increasingly, the tech giant’s only defenders are cash strapped millennials who want cheap transportation and the lumbering host of municipal regulators who are raking off billions of dollars in effortless revenue…
This month’s Cover Cab is Maple Leaf driver Iqbal Akhter. A relative newcomer to taxi driving, Akhter got his license in 2014 but left the business to run a convenience store. Only recently returned, he says he’s been grinding out 12 hour shifts, five days a week.