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October 2016

Mayor’s ‘level playing field’ for vehicle-for-hire trade is anything but

by Mike Beggs

Taxi operators in numerous cities around the GTA say they have long been subjected to “lip service”, and heavy-handed regulation. And that must feel like doubly so, since the devastating arrival of Uber over the past four years.

That’s glaringly so in Toronto, where the May 4 passage of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw allows for an unlimited number of Uber X cars, who face lighter restrictions than traditional cabbies. MORE

Angry TTL owners seek reparations for City’s botched accessible experiment

by Mike Beggs

Maintaining that they have been “left behind” by the City of Toronto’s latest Reforms, Toronto Taxi License holders have launched a new group, the Toronto Taxi Drivers Forum (TTDF), to fight for their rights. MORE

Quebec bows to Uber pressure and introduces one-year pilot project

by Mike Beggs

Quebec is the latest Canadian region to announce a one-year pilot project for Uber X.

On September 7, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard announced that an 11th hour agreement had been reached between the Province and the ridesharing giant, just before Bill 100 was set to kick in (and force Uber X operators to follow the same rules as their licensed counterparts). The deal was challenged the following morning, with the licensed industry filing an unsuccessful application for a temporary Superior Court injunction. MORE

 

2016 Taxi News

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Where’s the enforcement?

It is long past time the City of Toronto and the people at MLS got off their complacent backsides and started enforcing the City’s regulations. It’s the price of their so called cost recovery: earning the substantial salaries they have gouged from the pockets of some of the poorest paid workers in the country, Toronto’s licensed taxi drivers.

Cover Cab

This month’s Cover Cab is Ebenezer “Bobo” Gorman, a veteran of 28 years behind the wheel. A shift driver, Gorman says business is significantly down since the advent of Uber X and he now typically works seven days a week.

More News

Mayor’s ‘level playing field’ for vehicle-for-hire trade is anything but

Angry TTL owners seek reparations for City’s botched accessible experiment

Quebec bows to Uber pressure and introduces one-year pilot project

Industry wants no part of any plan to toll City’s freeways

Part I: New bylaw’s fee schedule is patently unfair to taxi industry

Part II: Injustices of Tory and company’s new vehicle-for-hire bylaw may have to be resolved in court

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