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
Long awaited certification hearing into Toronto plate owners’ $1.7 billion legal action against City commences November 17
by Mike Beggs
Toronto taxi plate owners will finally learn the status of their proposed $1.7-billion-plus class action suit against the City of Toronto, at an Ontario Superior Court certification hearing on November 17, 18, and 19.
They’re seeking damages to offset the losses suffered from the alleged “negligent manner” in which the City enforced Chapter 545 against drivers of unlicensed Uber X vehicles, and for adopting Chapter 546 in 2016 which, “disregarded the interests of taxi plate holders.” MORE
Rideshare giants’ rough ride raising big questions about long-term sustainability
by Mike Beggs
Is the Uber ridesharing model sustainable?
More than a few market analysts and pundits are asking that $64,000 question, given its’ underwhelming Initial Public Offering (IPO) in May, the recent laying off of 1,000-plus marketing and operations staff, and continuing labour and safety challenges (most significantly the passing of Bill AB5 in California, designating ridesharing drivers as employees, entitled to all of the usual benefits). MORE
Quebec taxi operators launch $1.5 billion legal actions in wake of Province’s latest move to deregulate industry
by Mike Beggs
In answer to the passing of the controversial Bill 17 – which legalizes Uber, and will deregulate the taxi industry -- Quebec’s 22,000 cab drivers and operators have filed three separate class action suits against the Province and Uber seeking $1.5 billion in compensation. MORE
ATOOL’s day in court
Toronto taxi plate owners will finally get their day in court later this month when a certification hearing into their proposed $1.7 billion-plus class action suit against the City of Toronto commences in Ontario Superior Court.