The Manley Letters
Since the enactment of Toronto’s game changing Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw in July of 2016, long-time Toronto taxi owner/operator Gerry Manley has made a concerted effort to draw attention to what he alleges to be the many flaws and illegalities contained in the controversial legislation, in the hope of creating greater awareness of the devastating impact it has had on both the taxi industry and the broader public interests it serves.
Since passage of the bylaw, he has sent a barrage of well-researched letters to countless politicians and bureaucrats at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, in the hope of spurring corrective regulatory action.
With a view to streamlining this voluminous body of research, Manley has issued a series of letters addressing specific problems inherent in the new regulatory landscape. Beginning this month, Taxi News will be running a news story highlighting one of these letters each month for the duration of the series. Manley’s original letters will be posted here on Taxinews.com, beginning with his letter to Premier Doug Ford. Subsequent letters in the series will be posted
here monthly following publication of the accompanying story in Taxi News…READ HERE
Observers hold out little hope for unbiased City review of botched VFH bylaw
by Mike Beggs
How will the ongoing Review of Toronto’s Vehicle-For-Hire (VFH) bylaw ultimately take shape, given the recent departure of Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) executive director Tracey Cook, the staging of a second round of industry consultations last month, and the secret hiring of an outside consultant?
That’s a big question for taxi operators, whose industry is hanging together by the thinnest of threads. MORE
Growing hope for ATOOL’s legal prospects
by Mike Beggs
The certification of class action suits filed by peers in the province of Quebec and Ottawa can’t help but lend hope to Toronto plate owners’ proposed $1.7-billion-plus class action against their City.
Late last October, a $1-billion-plus class action suit against the province of Quebec’s handling of Uber was given the go-ahead by Superior Court Judge Mark Peacock. Earlier, in January of 2018, Justice Robert Smith certified a $215-million class action filed by Ottawa plate owners, alleging their City acted with negligence when Uber arrived in town, and with discrimination against their industry in crafting a new bylaw. MORE
Mississauga and Toronto taxi owners differ on question of appropriate compensation for business losses suffered in wake of sweeping regulatory changes
by Mike Beggs
In seeking restitution from their respective cities for the devastation caused by ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, taxi plate owners in Toronto and Mississauga are taking decidedly different tacks.
While still awaiting a certification hearing in mid-October, Toronto’s All Taxi Owners and Operators Ltd. (ATOOL) is seeking more than $1.7-billion in a proposed class action suit on behalf of the industry’s 5,500 plate owners. By contrast, their 905 West counterparts are attempting to work with their Public Vehicle Advisory Committee, requesting compensation of $50,000 per owner from the municipality. (A staff report is forthcoming, and Council is expected to decide on their request later this month). MORE
O for the ‘good old days’
Do you remember the “good old days” when the City wanted to create a professional class of taxicab drivers who could earn a decent living while serving the public safely and well?
This month’s Cover Cab is veteran owner and former operator Stephen Hozack who reports finally quitting cab driving in disgust after the City of Toronto did nothing to stem the devastating flood of app-based rideshare providers. See Mike Beggs’ driver profile here