Toronto taxi representatives are fighting for what they say is the survival of their industry at city hall today. After a city staff report called for a new licensing category that would allow ride-sharing services such as Uber to operate, the cabbies want this put in stone. The report before the city’s Licensing and Standards committee up for debate calls for Uber and services like it be included in updated taxi and limousine regulations. As well as dropping taxi fares by $1 to $3.25 to make traditional cabs more competitive. The new licensing category would require them to carry insurance, buy a permit, conduct a background check on drivers and ensure vehicles are safe.
If these changes are implemented, would it finally level the playing field? Should they make the industry fair for all?