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
Mississauga denies plate owners’ request for financial compensation
by Mike Beggs
Mississauga has categorically denied a request for compensation from its taxi plate owners.
Due to the open entry granted Transportation Network Companies (Mississauga’s designation for PTCs) like Uber, plate values have plummeted by 90 percent since 2014, and lease rates by 80 percent. But at the May 15 meeting of Council’s General Committee, the City’s Legal department shot down the owners’ request, stating that, “The City does not have the statutory authority to compensate the taxi industry” for its massive losses. MORE
ATOOL taxi owners dig in for legal battle with the City of Toronto
by Mike Beggs
The City of Mississauga’s recent refusal of compensation for its beleaguered taxi owners has only served to bolster the conviction of their Toronto counterparts that legal action against the City is the only way to go.
Mississauga Legal stated resolutely that, under the Ontario Municipal Act, the City does not have the jurisdictional purview to provide compensation for the monstrous losses in plate and leasing values since Uber X cars first began flooding its streets in 2014. MORE
Veteran industry leader and advocate feels betrayed by Mayor Tory and city hall
by Mike Beggs
They’ve failed us. The City’s not protecting us, in any ways or means.”
So comments long-time Toronto independent Aldo Marchese of conditions faced by taxi operators under the Vehicles-For-Hire Bylaw (2016), which has seen the number of Private Transportation Company (PTC) cars swell to 83,000-plus with unlimited entry, all but obliterating the livelihoods of the 5,370 taxi plate owners, and approximately 13,000 drivers.
In this overcrowded market, he commonly finds himself sitting for two or three hours between fares, wondering how the bills will get paid. MORE
We are now into June and the latest report from Municipal Licensing and Standards on the future of Toronto’s Vehicles For Hire industry, including taxicabs, is overdue. As usual. So what can the taxi industry expect from this latest round of civic handiwork? Nothing good, if history is any judge.
June’s Cover Cab is career industry vet and advocate Aldo Marchese, past president of the Independent Cab Owners Cooperative and onetime member of the City’s defunct Taxicab Advisory Committee. The ever gracious Marchese is the subject of this month’s driver profile, read here.