A long awaited report has been released by the city in regards to allowing Uber to operate within Toronto, over a month after city councilors voted against seeking an injunction to stop it.
The taxi industry has long called on city officials to ban the ride-share outright, not only because it had been cutting into the livelihoods of it’s drivers, but it was operating without having to adhere to the same rules.
Mayor John Tory, who is away in China on a business trip, has long said he believes Uber is here to stay, and there has to be a way for both services to operate in Toronto.
The new regulations include relaxed rules for conventional taxi drivers and brokerages and more stringent restrictions on Uber by designating them as Private Transportation Companies (PTC).
Taxi cab drivers would pay a $290 annual licensing fee. Uber, or other PTC’s would see their company pay a $20,000 one-time fee plus an $10 annual licence fee per driver and a 20¢ fee per trip.
The more than 100 recommendations also include mandatory safety inspections and criminal record checks.
Mayor John Tory says the new rules will level the playing field but members of the taxi industry panned the changes and say they could kill the industry.
Taxi industry representative says some of the recommendations actually create a two-tier system with Uber getting the upper hand.
Taxi advocate councillor Jim Karygiannis calls the changes unfair and says it doesn’t level playing field.
Members of the Toronto Taxi Alliance weren’t pleased with the changes and say they’ll review the report and talk to their lawyers before deciding on their next action.
Spokesperson Sam Moini says there are currently no planned protests but says there will be a large number of deputations at the next licensing and standards committee meeting later this month.
He says “It’s a powerful issue. You’re talking about people’s lives and public safety. When those things are involved you’ll see a lot of people come out and make deputations. I believe there’ll be a force”
Council will vote on the proposed changes next month.
Uber says they’ll review the report and will have more to say in the coming days.
The City has issued a new set of regulations for Toronto’s ground transportation industry. Here’s my statement: pic.twitter.com/nS6Ap2VX1b
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 7, 2016