December 2017

How could Uber so completely fool the powers that be?

To the editor,

In its recent 125th anniversary edition, the Toronto Star indicated there were 45 horse-drawn cab operators plying the streets of T.O. in 1892. In 2017, the number of licensed taxicab owners had grown to 4,550. No mention whatsoever was made of the many thousands of Uber X owner/drivers who have been licensed by the City to operate as cabbies.

Herein lies the heart of the problem. As a result of a breathtakingly effective marketing campaign, combined with the gullibility/greed of municipalities across the country and beyond, Uber has sold itself as an alternative to taxis. The powers that be have bought into this pretence, hook, line and sinker. And so have the news media, as witnessed by the Star’s reference.

The war was lost when industry advocates were unable to convince our respective regulators that Uber, in fact, is a taxi service, plain and simple. That Uber, as well as regarded as something other than what it truly is, has been embraced with open arms by both the travelling public and those who regulate ground transportation services, notwithstanding the company’s egregious shortcomings, clearly demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, you can fool all of the people all of the time, or at least most of them.

In the process, dismay has given way to disillusionment, disrespect and disgust on the part of those of us who witnessed a transformation we never thought possible. Quite frankly, the current operating landscape is beyond our wildest imagination as recent as two or three years ago.

Life is all about moving forward. At times, this is easier said than done. For members of the taxi industry, truer words were never uttered.

Peter D. Pellier

Scarborough City launches open accessible training program

To the editor,

(Editor’s note: This letter is a press release issued by Scarborough City Cab.)

Scarborough City Cab is offering a two-day accessible vehicle training program for vehicle for hire drivers, allowing Toronto taxicab drivers to once again get their accessible endorsement from the City of Toronto.

“No accessible courses have been offered by the City since May of 2016,” says Gurjeet Dhillon, Vice President of Scarborough City Cab. “This has meant that vehicle for hire drivers have not been able to get their accessible endorsement on their license for more than a year.”

Taxicab drivers require the City of Toronto endorsement to drive accessible vehicles in the City of Toronto, that includes Toronto Taxi License (TTL) vehicles, W-plated vehicles and WheelTrans contracted vans.

“We have been in talks with the City for a number or months,” says Dhillon. “We have the experience, the trainers and the facilities to offer this course. Now we have approval from the City of Toronto.”

The next courses start in December and January.

Contact: Allan Stokell, Training and Development Consultant,, 647-639-6799; or Tishanna Heerasingh, Human Resources Coordinator,, 416-438-5100 x 255.

2017 Taxi News

How could Uber so completely fool the powers that be?

Scarborough City launches open accessible training program