LOWER TAXI FARES AND NEW RULES FOR UBER EXPECTED IN CITY OF TORONTO STAFF REPORT TODAY

Sep 09, 2015

By Jane Brown

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New rules to regulate Uber and a proposal to reduce taxi fares are expected to be part of a City of Toronto staff report to be released today at City Hall.

A published report says the flat fee for cabs will be drop by $1 to $3.25.

City councillors voted earlier this summer to review the existing bylaws and to recommend changes to make sure both the taxi industry and the ride sharing service Uber could co-exist and both stay viable.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has been an advocate of having both types of service.

“I accept the fact, and I expect the report consistent with what we talked about, will find a way, or try to find a way to have Uber, taxis and limos co-exist within a fair regulatory scheme, and…apparently there’s some research coming out with the report that says when you ask people, why do you take Uber? Number one answer, affordability,” Tory explained.

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Earlier this year, the municipal licensing and standards division tried unsuccessfully to shut down Uber’s operations with a court injunction, arguing that public safety was at risk.

Representatives with Toronto’s taxi industry say the UberX service usually charges cheaper prices than a taxi, and this has caused a dramatic drop in fare revenue.

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Beck Taxi’s Kristine Hubbard is leading a charge to have taxi fares reduced.  She’ll have more to say about this issue on Zoomer Radio’s Goldhawk Fights Back after the 11am news

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