Apr 07, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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A just released proposed regulatory framework for ground transportation in Toronto recommends a new licensing class for services like Uber and relaxed rules for traditional taxis.
Uber TO Taxis
City council asked staff to draft the regulations last September amid growing unrest from conventional cabbies who feel Uber threatens their jobs.
If approved by city council, Uber drivers would not be allowed to pick up fares on the street nor have a roof light or any markings that could make them look like a taxi.
The guidelines also give taxi brokerages more flexibility when it comes to pricing, allowing taxi companies to offer rates that are cheaper than city-regulated fares to those who book a ride directly with them.
Reaction is mixed.
Mayor John Tory feels this would create a ”level playing field” while ”providing safe, convenient options” to the public.
Toronto Taxi Alliance spokesperson Sam Moini says, ”This is not the even and level playing field that we were hoping for.  Just by looking at this, I don’t think there will be a taxi industry (if the proposed recommendations are approved).
Uber Canada credits city staff for ”working diligently to find accommodation for all parties in the ground transportation market”.
The guidelines go to the city’s licensing and standards committee April 14 and then to city council for approval.
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