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April 2016

Industry lashes out at continuing farce of police and City’s handling of Uber file

by Mike Beggs

The Toronto Taxi Alliance is among the industry groups “appalled” that, over a year later, eight Uber X drivers have still not faced charges in court and no trial date is in sight.

The extreme dissatisfaction with the glacial pace of enforcement and prosecution efforts has prompted private taxpayer and Ambassador operator Sukhvir Thethi to file an application for an injunction against Uber X in Superior Court, with the support of the TTA. MORE

Taxi driver files court application to shutdown Uber X

by Mike Beggs

After taking part in a three-day hunger strike outside city hall in early December, Toronto taxi driver Sukhvir Thethi has taken things a step further in the licensed industry’s war against Uber X.

On March 14, he filed an application for an Ontario Superior Court injunction, to shut down the rogue ride-booking service, with the support of the Toronto Taxi Alliance. MORE

What’s the best way to bring Uber to heel?

by Mike Beggs

What’s the best way to make Uber abide by the bylaws? And are regulators seriously committed to doing so?

Those are top-of-mind questions for struggling licensed taxi operators, with several Greater Toronto Area municipalities poised to introduce new bylaws to address Uber X and other Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s). MORE

 

2016 Taxi News

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Just say NO to Uber X

This month MLS presents its recommendations for how the City should incorporate Uber and other so-called transportation network companies in its regulatory regime. After the fiasco of Tracey Cook’s 2013 makeover of the taxi bylaw, few in the industry are confident Cook and her staff are likely to come up with a viable solution. Ultimately, that responsibility is in the hands of our City Council representatives. Here’s hoping they listen to the people with hard-won knowledge of how to best serve the interests of both the public and the industry.

Cover Cab

This month’s Cover Cab is Beck Taxi accessible driver Amir Sepasi. In 2013, under the City’s new TTL regime, Sepasi bought an Ambassador licence for $110,000, plus $5,000 to the City for the transfer fee. As required under the new bylaw, he purchased a wheelchair accessible van at a cost of an additional $60,000. Yearly insurance for the van is $8,500. Now, thanks to Uber X, Sepasi says his income has fallen off dramatically.

 

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