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To all that have send me emails, calls and twits about UberX,

You will be surprised to know that I am working to make sure that this technology is brought forth in our city. I think your understanding of the facts is misguided.

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.

Council adopted my Motion with respect to Review of Uber Operations, Technologies and Benefits and Impact on the Current Taxicab Industry. After considerable debate on this important issue, Motion MM8.28 was adopted as amended –

 “1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to review the operations of Uber and technologies like it, including the interests of the public in the technologies and their impacts on the current taxicab industry, and report to the September 18, 2015 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee, on the following matters:

  1. what by-law changes are necessary to bring new and emerging technologies into regulation as part of the City’s for-hire ground transportation industry;
  2. how the City can ensure public safety and consumer protection are maintained;
  3. how the City can ensure a level playing field is established and maintained with respect to commercial insurance, driver training, equality of fares and other licensing issues; and
  4. ensure the recommended changes are reviewed at least every five years, or when deemed necessary before that time.
  5. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City Solicitor and the Director, Strategic Communications, to communicate with the public and unlicensed for-hire drivers about the regulations and risks for those engaged in providing or using unlicensed transportation services.
  6. City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to request the Chief of Police to enforce the Highway Traffic Act, City by-laws and all other applicable laws in respect to unlicensed drivers who transport passengers in a motor vehicle for compensation.
  7. City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to enforce all applicable City by-laws in respect to unlicensed drivers who transport passengers in a motor vehicle for compensation.”

As you can see it my motion which is under consideration to bring the latest technology to the transportation industry in Toronto.

August 4, 2015 – James T.

Dear Mr. Karygiannis,

I’d like to thank you for representing the well-being of the residents of Ward 39 and for actively keeping us updated. I have been a resident of Scarborough for my 45 years of life. The first 10 years as a resident of Ward 39 (at 45 Blairwood Terrace) and the past 12 years owning my own home with my wife and two daughters at 95 Stonebridge Blvd. We take great pride in our diverse community.

I enthusiastically read your newsletters and just received one today explaining that the source of the rat problem has been identified and is being addressed – thanks again.

August 1, 2015 – Letter to The Chief of Police Chief Mark Saunders re: UberX Vehicles

Chief Mark Saunders
Toronto Police Service
40 College Street
Toronto, Ontario   M5G 2J3

August 1, 2015

Dear Sir:

I am writing to you as a City Councillor to ask that the Toronto Police Service uphold the Ontario Highway Traffic Act with respect to the drivers, who are using personal motor vehicles to transport paying passenger(s) in contravention of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.