Want to level the playing field? Consider this...
by Al Moore
TORONTO’S TAXI INDUSTRY AS IT WAS FOR THE FIRST 30 YEARS FOLLOWING AMALGAMATION
In the 1960s and the 1970s Toronto’s taxi drivers could earn a living wage if they worked five days a week (45 to 60 hours), and the vast majority of stakeholders in Toronto’s taxi industry were very happy. Because full-time drivers were able to earn a living wage in a five-day work-week there were thousands of shifts open for part-time drivers who also earned a decent wage for the hours worked. Drivers who wanted to do so could buy a taxi licence. Bank managers would loan them the money to do just that; and, if approached in a proper manner and with a detailed prospectus, some of them would do so without a cosigner and without collateral because they knew that the industry was on a sound financial footing at that time. MORE
What is the City planning to do?????
by Mike Beggs
“It’s fine for the young people from 18 to 34 to go, ‘We love Uber.’ What you love is Uber X, not Uber,” observes Independent Toronto Taxi Inc. president Mike Tranquada.
And with a staff report targeted to hit Toronto’s Licensing & Standards Committee on September 22 on how to create a level playing field and accommodate Uber in an updated bylaw, he warns about the potential down sides of the hugely successful, unregulated Uber X model, which puts Uber runs into private cars, under a trendy “ridesharing” model. MORE
Smooth talking Uber rep meets with PVAC
by Mike Beggs
Uber finally showed its face at Mississauga city hall at an emergency meeting of that city’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee, August 12.
Before a raucous crowd of licensed owners and drivers, Uber Canada public policy manager Chris Schafer laid out the many purported benefits of his company’s controversial ridesharing service, which is disrupting the traditional taxi industry model worldwide. And he indicated it would be willing to be written into an updated Mississauga bylaw – provided that it be classified in a separate category known as Transportation Network Companies (TNC), and that no limits be placed on its number of cars. MORE
Leveling the field
This month veteran taxi operator and respected industry commentator Al Moore offers up an intelligent and workable prescription for civic leaders determined to “level the playing field” for Toronto’s vehicle-for-hire providers. There is no accommodating Uber X and its open entry business model, warns Moore, without leveling (as in obliterating) virtually all of the benefits of a properly regulated and effective industry that truly serves the greater public interest.
This month’s Cover Cab is Wondimu Gebresilasie, the sharp-eyed Beck Taxi driver who located eleven-year-old Martin Tang August 11 after police issued a public alert. Gebresilasie spotted the missing child while sitting on the Edward Street bus terminal and safely escorted him to police who promptly reunited Martin with his worried parents.
Gerry Manely - Reports