Industry veterans ‘disgusted’ by total failure of government to effectively regulate vehicles-for-hire
by Mike Beggs
No taxi items surfaced on the March 6 agenda of Toronto’s Licensing & Standards Committee.
And while taxi interests have long taken a back seat at city hall, since the licensing of Uber last summer under the new Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw, taxi issues seem to have fallen off the City’s radar.
The industry’s leading figure in fighting for justice, long-time owner/operator Gerry Manley continues to receive a deaf ear 10 months after he began making regular inquiries pertaining to the many perceived inequities and injustices under the new bylaw, despite the fact Mayor John Tory promised to create a level playing field between taxis and Uber X vehicles. MORE
Federal budget taps Uber X for HST, same as any taxi driver
by Mike Beggs
The federal budget handed down March 22 had some bad news for consumers, and Uber.
Uber passengers will, reportedly, have to pay the13 percent GST/HST on top of their rides effective July 1.
To do this, the federal government will amend the definitions of a taxi business within the Excise Tax Act to ensure ridesharing businesses are subject to the same HST/GST rules as cabs. MORE
iTaxi applauds Federal budget call for HST on Private Transportation operations
by John Q. Duffy
Private Transportation companies like Uber X and their drivers may have to start collecting and remitting HST on all rides starting June 1, 2017, if the latest Federal budget proposals are passed.
This news is being welcomed by Toronto’s taxi industry as a positive step in leveling the playing field between PTCs and traditional taxis.
Representatives of the taxi industry are going a step further, asking that Toronto Bylaws be amended to require all taxi and PTC drivers to submit proof of GST/HST registration to the City when licenses are issued or renewed. MORE
Fighting the good fight
Unless you happen to be a City bureaucrat or politician, you have to applaud the determined stand of outspoken taxi operator Gerry Manley and his tireless campaign to try and make the City’s taxi regulators see sense. Asked to offer a short list for the City’s consideration in it’s upcoming bylaw review, Manley says “Cancel the vehicle-for-hire Bylaw in its entirety,” bring back a proper license issuing formula, restart the City’s vehicle mechanical fitness inspections, and force all taxis to be equipped with point of sale terminals.
This month’s Cover Cab is 39-year veteran Ray Sabatin, who drives for Maple Leaf. Sabatin, who owns an Ambassador, hopes to retire soon. He says the biggest changes he has seen over the years are the traffic congestion and the advent of Uber X and thousands more drivers with no regulation.