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Notice of Motion – Uber

Direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to review the operations of Uber and technologies like it, including benefits to the public and impact on the current taxicab industry –  Moved by:  Councillor Jim Karygiannis 

Recommendation:       

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, recommends that:

 

  1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to review the new and emerging technologies, including their benefits to the public and impacts on the current taxicab industry, and report to the September 9, 2015 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee, on recommended changes to Chapter 545, Licensing, that would:

 

  1. bring new and emerging technologies, into regulation as part of the City’s for-hire ground transportation network;

 

  1. ensure adequate public safety and consumer protection are maintained;

 

  1. ensure a level playing field is established and maintained with respect to commercial insurance, driver training, equality of fares and other licensing issues; and,

 

  1. ensure the recommended changes become a ‘living bylaw’ that would be reviewed at least every five years, or when deemed necessary before that time.

Summary:

On July 3, 2015, Mr. Justice Sean Dunphy, of the Ontario Superior Court, denied an application by the City of Toronto for an injunction against Uber, saying there is no evidence the company is operating as a taxi broker.

 

The taxi industry is being seriously impacted by Uber.  The City needs to amend its bylaws governing the taxi industry to enable taxi companies to be more competitive with Uber and services like it.

 

This Motion directs the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the September 9, 2015 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on these issues.

 

July 7 and July 8, 2015

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