Councillor Frank Di Giorgio got council Wednesday to urge Toronto Police and city licensing staff to launch a crackdown on drivers, such as UberX drivers, who don’t have a city-issued taxi or limo licence, to create a level playing field, along with approving a review of Uber and the taxi industry.
Toronto Mayor John Tory is teaming up with one of council’s most vocal Uber opponents to ensure that regulation of the ride-sharing company will be debated at City Hall this week – even if the two do not see eye to eye on what the resulting regulation might look like.
When it comes to regulating ride-hailing service Uber, Coun. Jim Karygiannis is asking the city to waste no time putting the wheels in motion.
This week’s council session, which began Tuesday, will be the last time council meets before summer break and Karygiannis says he plans to table an emergency motion asking city staff to look into how Uber can be included in the ground transportation bylaw.
Despite Mayor John Tory’s call for a review of the city’s taxi rules, Councillor Jim Karygiannis wants council to have a debate on Uber this week and to have the city lower taxi fares to compete with the ride-sharing app.
“Obviously tempers are flaring,” Karygiannis said Monday.
“We need to move quickly. I’ve sent a letter to (Speaker Frances Nunziata) advising her that I’d be putting a motion in council for (an) emergency (debate).”