UBER DEBATE EXPECTED TO DOMINATE TORONTO CITY COUNCIL TODAY

May 03, 2016

By Jane Brown

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It’s the biggest Toronto City Council vote since the Gardiner East debate.

And there’s a report that Mayor John Tory has yet to accumulate the votes needed to approve a new set of regulations for Uber and the taxi industry.

The mayor has made the Uber debate his key item at council, which means it’ll be up first for debate this morning and is expected to dominate discussions for hours.

Still at issue are concerns over passenger safety, drivers having equal insurance, oversight and inspections and the number of vehicles allowed onto the roads.

“Cab drivers for example have the right to pick up fares on the street, people can hail a cab on the street, which other participants in the ground transportation industry can’t, and so that’s not equal either and they don’t want to give that up,” explained Mayor Tory on his way into work this morning, “so it’s one of these things where it’s different businesses but the objectives remain the same.”

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