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
ATOOL hoping for certification of $1.7-billion class action early in new year
by Mike Beggs
The City of Toronto’s Review of the 2016 Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw is reportedly forthcoming this spring. And – after a recent Council directive – it will now include consideration of mandatory driver training for both taxi and Private Transportation Company (PTC) drivers.
But, Lucky 7 Taxi owner Lawrence Eisenberg says it’s “too late” for the cab industry to wait on legislative change at city hall – because, he alleges, Uber has already taken much of the equity out of the taxi business over the past five years. MORE
City posts schedule for new General Government and Licensing Committee
by John Q. Duffy
The 2019 meeting schedule for the newly created General Government and Licensing Committee of Toronto City Council has been published.
This committee replaces the previous Legislation and Licensing Committee. The Committee’s primary focus is on City government assets and resources and business licensing, with a mandate to monitor and make recommendations on the administrative operations of the City and the licensing of businesses. MORE
City ponders reinstating driver training after public outcry over sentencing of Uber driver charged in death of passenger
by Mike Beggs
“Life’s cheap”, screamed the December 5 cover of the Toronto Sun, the day after an Uber driver was sentenced to just a $1,000 fine, and other minor conditions in the March 21 death of his passenger, Nicholas Cameron.
Driver Abdihared Bishar-Mussa was originally facing four charges, including Dangerous Driving Causing Death, and Criminal Negligence Causing Death. But in October, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of Careless Driving.
And, on December 4 in the Ontario Court of Justice, he was assessed the $1,000 fine, two years probation, a one-year driving suspension and 30 hours of community service, and he must undergo driver training. MORE
“Safety is, of course, the number one consideration,” explained Mayor John Tory of Toronto Council’s recent decision to examine VFH driver training. This from the same man who gave Uber and other Private Transportation Companies the keys to the city in 2016, eliminating taxi driver training, mechanical fitness inspections and other vital regulatory protections with the stroke of a pen…
This month’s Cover Cab is Iraj Izaddoust, a veteran of nearly 20 years behind the wheel. Izaddoust, a director of the iTaxiworkers Association, recently handed in his Toronto Taxi License and went back to leasing a taxi plate. “I was close to bankruptcy with (the TTL). I couldn’t pay my bills.” See reporter Mike Beggs’ story on here