Apr 06, 2016
By Michael Kramer
A long-awaited plan to be released by city staff on Thursday – has Toronto mayor John Tory saying cabbies and UberX drivers – would not face exactly the same regulations – because they are two different businesses.
But taxi industry leaders stress there is only one business – taxis – no matter whether they’re dispatched by an app or not.
Tory is in San Francisco getting ready to head to Asia on a trade trip. He hasn’t read the report but has been briefed on it.
He says there will be equal or similar demands in terms of insurance – which will have to be approved by the province – in addition to vehicle safety inspections and criminal background checks on drivers.
On Wednesday at Queen’s Park, premier Kathleen Wynne said she is watching cities try to accomodate technological change, saying “The sharing economy is here to stay. We have to make sure everyone is safe, how to make sure consumers are protected.”