iTaxi grapples with desperate plight of City’s TTL operators
by Mike Beggs
The desperate plight of Toronto Taxi License (TTL) holders soon became the central issue at the iTaxiworkers Association’s Annual General Meeting, March 18 at the United Steelworkers Hall.
Of all those most severely impacted by the Taxi-Uber war, perhaps no party has got it worse than the City’s 751 TTL holders who are stuck driving blocky, noisy $70,000-plus wheelchair accessible vans, for which there turns out to be minimal demand amongst both those with disabilities and the general riding public. MORE
New start-up rolls out nation’s first Woman-To-Woman ridesharing app in Toronto
by Mike Beggs
“A woman is entitled to travel in peace.”
That’s the basic premise behind DriveHer, Canada’s first Woman-To-Woman (W2W) ridesharing app, which was rolled out in Toronto on March 16 with a fleet of approximately 100 female drivers, and 1,000 customers.
Catching the wave of the massive #MeToo and Times Up movement, this, the city’s latest licensed Private Transportation Company (PTC) is designed to provide a safe transportation alternative for women, as well as an entrepreneurial opportunity in a heavily male-dominated industry (where women account for 60 percent of revenues, but just two percent of its drivers). MORE
Old friend of taxi industry seeking PC nomination in Brampton
by Mike Beggs
Greater Toronto Area cab industry hopes were buoyed by the news that Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti is seeking the nomination for the Progressive Conservatives in the new riding of Brampton Centre.
On short notice, they packed an Industry Meeting on March 27 at Brampton’s Canadian Convention Centre, drumming up support for the veteran councillor who was one of their strongest defenders during the contentious 2016 debate over the licensing of Uber, and other Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s). MORE
The Uber gravy train
The latest word out of MLS is the City, preoccupied with other issues, won’t be issuing the long-promised review of it’s disastrous vehicles-for-hire bylaw before 2019. In the same missive, Taxi News learned the City is collecting some $8.5 million a year in PTC fees and rake-offs. With zero evidence of any significant enforcement effort on the app-based sector, all that new-found cash is pure gravy for City finances.
This month’s Cover Cab is Manuel Bederian who got his cab license in 1972 but only started driving full time when he bought a taxi plate in 1986. Now 67, Bederian is still driving full time. He says the hardest thing about the job these days is the lack of customers— and the runs grow ever fewer and farther between.