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August 2018

Taxi industry takes first steps in mounting potentially huge class action suit against the City of Toronto

by Mike Beggs

Declaring their industry on its “last legs”, Toronto taxi interests have taken the first step towards mounting a class action suit against the City of Toronto.

On July 12, an application of intent was filed by a new organization, All Toronto Owners and Operators Ltd. (ATOOL), which has retained a Bay Street law firm to represent them in this potential $100 million class action.

This legal pushback comes with Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards’ Review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw more than a year overdue, and counting. MORE

San Francisco credit union suing city for failure to protect taxi plate values

by Mike Beggs

With the Toronto taxi industry having just put the preliminary wheels in motion to file a class action suit against the City of Toronto, it’s a case that bears close scrutiny.

The San Francisco Federal Credit Union, which provided loans to taxi drivers towards the purchase of their $250,000 medallions, is suing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for, allegedly, failing to stand by its guarantee of protecting the value of medallions as Uber and Lyft devastated the cab business. MORE

Little hope for honest review of devastated industry

by Mike Beggs

With Tracey Cook’s four-part work plan for reviewing Toronto’s Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw supposed to begin this month, there was little optimism forthcoming from the ranks of the city’s taxi industry.

Not with the executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards already a year behind in this Review, and her final report not expected until the second quarter of 2019.

And not with the City’s dubious history of regulating cabs – which continues under the new bylaw, as taxi interests just keep getting hammered by their Uber, and Lyft counterparts, who clearly operate under a different, less onerous set of rules. MORE

 

2018 Taxi News

Fighting city hall

Fed up with the appalling collapse of taxi regulation and oversight, a broad spectrum group of taxi people has filed a Notice of Intent to sue the City of Toronto over its handling of the whole City-enabled rape of the Toronto taxi market by Uber and the so-called ridesharing industry.

MORE NEWS

Taxi industry takes first steps in mounting potentially huge class action suit against the City of Toronto

San Francisco credit union suing city for failure to protect taxi plate values

Little hope for honest review of devastated industry

MLS reports 185 plates on the shelf but observers say many more are in limbo

Uber and Lyft looking to expand the definition of ridesharing…

TLT entertains unusual request from MLS

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This month’s Cover Cab is Etsehiwot Ejigu, who would like to see taxi’s included in the City’s King Street pilot project. Ejigu also thinks downtown congestion might be significantly reduced if more major intersections had advance green lights. And, in case anyone at city hall is wondering, she confirms Uber has taken a very big bite out of her bottom line.

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