Upcoming consultations on vehicle-for-hire regulations

The City of Toronto is inviting residents and industry members to share their views on the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw at a series of public meetings, starting on March 4. The bylaw provides regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTC), such as Lyft and Uber.

The City is undertaking the review to respond to outstanding directives from Toronto City Council, including to report back on:

  • how to proceed with an accessibility strategy;
  • results of a congestion management study and an economic impact study; and
  • recommendations for addressing new and outstanding issues, such as mandatory equipment for vehicles and public safety.
Nine public consultations will be held, each focused on a different area of the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw. Members of the public are invited to attend any of the following meetings:
  1. 1. Brokerages, Fleets and Garages: Monday, March 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.

    2. General Public: Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.

    3. Taxi Drivers: Monday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.

    4. PTC Companies: Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.

    5. PTC Drivers: Thursday, March 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.

    6. Standard Taxi Owners: Friday, March 15, 2 to 4 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308, 55 John St.

    7. Limousines: Monday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

    8. Accessibility: Monday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.

    9. Toronto Taxicab Licences: Tuesday, March 19, 2 to 4 p.m. North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 5100 Yonge St.

    To help inform the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw review, the City also:

        • held an initial round of public consultations in the fall of 2018;
        • formed and is meeting with an Accessibility Panel, made up of industry experts, users and service providers; and
        • is undertaking public opinion research, a congestion management study, and an economic impact study.
    This work will be used to inform updates to the bylaw in a report going to the General Government and Licensing Committee this spring.

    More information about the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Review is available at https://bit.ly/2NkzOi4

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