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July 2017

MLS fails to deliver promised review of controversial vehicle-for-hire bylaw

by Mike Beggs

For another month, the Toronto taxi industry has been left waiting on Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards executive director Tracey Cook’s promised Year End Review of the City’s controversial new Vehicle For Hire bylaw.

Despite the rumblings beforehand, her report failed to make it on to the June 14 agenda of the Licensing & Standards Committee – with July 1 marking the year end since passage of the bylaw in 2016. MORE

It’s high time province took a good hard look at taxi insurance

by Mike Beggs

In its 2014 Report on the Three Year Review of Automobile Insurance, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) recommended the formation of a committee made up of automobile insurers and the taxi industry to explore and make recommendations to expand the availability of taxi insurance.

Veteran Toronto owner/operator Gerry Manley continues to pursue such discussions. And he may be making some progress. MORE

Uber drivers supposed to pony up for HST starting July 1st

by Mike Beggs

Despite its reportedly vigorous lobbying efforts, Uber will be subject to the HST on all runs starting July 1, under the amended Excise Tax Act.

On the surface, that can only be good news for frazzled Canadian taxi operators. But what effect it will actually have on the $70-billion ride-booking company is open to conjecture. MORE

 

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Will MLS deliver?

To the surprise of virtually no one the promised review of Toronto’s calamitous Vehicle for Hire bylaw has been delayed until September (at least). Is it possible Municipal Licensing and Standards wants to get it right for once and needs more time to reach that goal? Certainly any clear-eyed assessment would indicate the City’s bylaw leaves a lot to be desired…

This month’s Cover Cab is ICOCI vice president Orhan Aybars, a veteran of 35 years behind the wheel. Although his business initially took a big hit thanks to Uber, Aybars says more people are starting to get wise to the controversial tech giant and are choosing to take a taxi instead.

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Uber CEO resigns in midst of mounting scandal

City must address major problems inherent in new vehicle-for-hire bylaw

City’s failure to mandate cameras in all vehicles-for-hire ‘highly irresponsible’

Petitioners call on Mississauga not to issue more taxi plate

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