The future of Uber Toronto is on the line this week.
City Councillors begin debating on new regulations Tuesday which would combine taxicabs, limousines and private ride sharing companies under one set of rules.
The debate is expected to be loud and well attended as many stakeholders are likely to pack city hall.
The idea of the new regulations is to level the playing field between all ride services in the city.
“These are different businesses, but the objective remains the same.” said Mayor John Tory heading to work on Tuesday. “I’m hoping for a rational thoughtful discussion and to make a rational decision (on regulations).”
A controversial report on Uber, released last month by the city, will be front and centre during the debates.
It suggests a new vehicle-for-hire bylaw, but it’s been largely criticized by the taxi community for being too watered down particularly on the lack of proper safety standards.
Taxi drivers are concerned the regulations favour Uber in a two-tiered system. Cabbies say ride sharing services like Uber cut into their livelihoods and are allowed to operate without any oversight.
Lowered licensing fees, subjecting vehicles to annual inspections and a minimum level of insurance are some of the suggestions from the study.
Meanwhile the Taxi industry is looking to add a standardized metered system with no discounts or price surges, along with fully licensed drivers required to submit an HST number to the city.
Extra security is expected to be on hand this week to watch over a full house at City Hall.
— Cindy Pom (@CindyPom) May 3, 2016