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September 2018

MLS announces consultation dates for industry feedback on City’s botched Vehicle For Hire Bylaw

by John Q. Duffy

The City has announced the dates and topics of the long-awaited review of the Vehicle-For-Hire industry.

All members of the industry are invited to participate in the review.

The review includes the taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation companies and drivers. Information about consultation details, dates and times can be found online through the following link:

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/520.

The City web site explains that in May 2016, City Council established new regulations for the vehicle-for-hire industry resulting in a new bylaw chapter being created “to regulate taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (such as Facedrive, Lyft, and Uber).”

The site states this new round of consultations “will provide Municipal Licensing and Standards staff with an opportunity to hear from the public and stakeholders regarding the current Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw.”

You can participate both in person and on online.

A schedule of in-person meetings and their topics is below.

You may also make your ideas known online by emailing the review team at vehicleforhirereview@toronto.ca.

The site says “All feedback received through the consultation session will be used to inform the final report to the Licensing and Standards Committee.”

The locations for all of the consultations are accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Assistive listening devices, materials in large-print and alternative formats, ASL interpreters, and other accommodations will be made available upon request.

Please email the Vehicle for Hire Review team at least 72 hours in advance to help ensure availability. Technically this review started on June 14, 2018 and will run to June 30, 2019 and will cover a wide range of issues with particular focus on an accessibility strategy, the results of a congestion management study as well as a labor market impact study and will eventually produce recommendations for “addressing new and/or outstanding issues”, the site explains.

MLS staff developed a four-phase plan for the review beginning in summer 2018.

The plan includes:

Phase One: Public Consultations and Launching Studies (3rd and 4th quarters of 2018);

Phase Two: Executing Studies and Internal Research (4th quarter of 2018 and 1st quarter of 2019);

Phase Three: Final Analysis (1st quarter of 2019); and Phase Four: Report to Committee in second

quarter of 2019.

A summary of the consultation dates with various sectors of the industry is as follows:

— September 17, 2018 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) - Toronto Taxicab Licences (TTL) - North York Civic Centre

- Council Chambers.

— September 18, 2018 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) - PTC Drivers - Metro Hall – Rooms 308/309.

— September 19, 2018 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) - PTC Companies - City Hall – Committee Room 1.

— September 20, 2018 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) - Accessibility - Metro Hall - Rooms 308/309.

— September 24, 2018 (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) - Brokerages, Fleets, and Garages – Metro Hall - Rooms 308/309.

— September 25, 2018 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) - Standard Taxi Owners - North York Civic Centre

- Council Chambers.

— September 26, 2018 (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm) - General Public - Metro Hall – Rooms 308/309.

— October 1, 2018 (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm) - Limousine - City Hall - Committee Room 1.

— October 3, 2018 (9:30 am - 11:30 am) - Taxi Drivers - City Hall - Committee Room 4.

 

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