City votes overwhelmingly for radical
overhaul of industry
by John Q. Duffy
At the end of the day, the vote to approve a heavily amended version of City staff’s final report on reforming the taxicab industry was overwhelming.
In many cases, the amendments to staff recommendations went farther, made more drastic changes, than staff recommended. MORE
At least Ambassadors are happy! Sound familiar?
by Mike Beggs
That was the state of many Toronto cab industry leaders at the end of the February 19 Council meeting, which overturned the middle ground on cab reform achieved at the January meeting of Licensing & Standards.
Many consider it the City’s final push to wipeout Standard plate values. They foresee a situation where a shift driver can’t find a car, owner/operators won’t put on that second driver because of the high cost of insurance, and “fleets are out of business”, and are turning their minds to legal action, poste haste. MORE
See you in court!
by Mike Beggs
Toronto taxi leaders say legal action is their only resort in the wake of a staggering reversal of form by City Council on February 19.
They have been driven to this point of no return by the approval of motions calling for the creation of a new Toronto Taxi License and 100 percent on-demand wheelchair accessible taxi service, both of which were cornerstones of the controversial Toronto Taxi Industry Review Framework Report. This comes on the heels of a compromise struck at the Licensing & Standards Committee in January, which appeared to have put these recommendations on hold, to the relief of many industry members. MORE
What can you say?
What a raft of grief and uncertainty about the future the amateurs at city hall have unloaded on Toronto’s taxi industry with their brutal decision to overturn everything industry members have built from fifty years of hard won experience and sacrifice! What is there to say? See you in court.
This month’s Cover Cab is peripatetic taxi veteran Abdul Quddus Awan. Born in Pakistan, Awan came to Canada in 1983 but did stints driving cab in Toronto and Chicago and limo in New York City before finally settling down in Toronto in 2001. Awan would like to see the City show more regard for taxi driver safety.