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August 2016

Outrage and uncertainty reign as Mayor rolls out the red carpet for Uber X

by Mike Beggs

Things were oddly silent as Toronto’s controversial Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw took effect, beginning July 15.

Maybe licensed operators were dumbfounded that their City has legalized an unlimited number of Uber X cars. Maybe they were simply watching and waiting as the new rules kicked in. Or maybe it was the fact that the Vehicle-For-Hire item was nowhere to be seen on the July 11-12-13 Council agenda where it was to have been enacted once and for all. MORE

Taxi Action calls on City to compensate industry for devastating loses

by Mike Beggs

A renewed call for financial compensation has emerged from the ranks of Toronto’s licensed cab industry, in light of the devastating impact of Uber X.

In a registered letter to Mayor John Tory, dated July 11, the group Taxi Action is calling for help from the City to assist industry members in transitioning themselves into another line of work, “due to the harm they have suffered, as a result of the extraordinary tolerance shown to Uber.” MORE

New insurance ‘solution’ for Uber still raises many questions

by Mike Beggs

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) claims its approval of Intact Financial Corporation’s new part-time insurance for ridesharing partners carrying paying passengers “closes the gap” surrounding services like Uber X.

But after events of the past few years, Toronto’s licensed taxi industry, and some insurance industry leaders remain skeptical of such claims. MORE

 

2016 Taxi News

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Tory’s double standard

By now, it is so apparent as to be ridiculous that there are two very different standards for the regulation of for-hire vehicles in Toronto: one set of laws that is strictly enforced against City-licensed taxicabs and another set of laws for Uber that is totally ignored by City authorities in violation of their clear obligation to enforce all laws governing the safety and well-being of the public.

Cover Cab

This month’s Cover Cab is recently minted taxi driver Meron Ashene, who has been driving for a year-and-a-half. A day driver, Ashene has an advanced diploma in Business Administration-Management from Seneca College and plans to open her own business one day. In the meantime, she says driving cab is a great experience in running a business.

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Outrage and uncertainty reign as Mayor rolls out the red carpet for Uber X

Taxi Action calls on City to compensate industry for devastating loses

New insurance ‘solution’ for Uber still raises many questions

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