April 21 L&S Committee votes to Grandfather Standard Plate

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The following motion passed unanimously at the Licensing and Standard Committee meeting today and will now progress to Toronto City Council. You can read the meeting minutes here. 

"City Council amend Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, Article VIII, Owners and Drivers of Taxicabs, to permit the issuance of Standard taxicab owners' licences to qualified purchasers upon the sale or transfer of Standard taxicabs, retroactive to July 1, 2014.

2.  The City Solicitor submit to City Council a bill containing all necessary by-law amendments to give effect to recommendation 1."

Vote (Amend Item)

Apr-21-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Yes: 6 Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Cesar Palacio (Chair) 
No: 0  
Absent: 0  

Anti-bandit cab Bill – 2nd reading moved up to April 16

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Ottawa South MPP John Fraser

 

On Thursday, April 16th, MPP John Fraser's private member's bill 53, "An Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act to increase the penalty for transporting a passenger for compensation without a licence, permit or authorization" will receive 2nd Reading Debate in the provincial legislature at Queen's Park. The bill's short title is "The Protecting Passenger Safety Act 2014."

Designed to help combat bandit taxi businesses such as Uber, the bill, if passed, could result in the following penalties for bandit cab drivers:

  • fines of up to $30,000;
  • suspension of driver's license;
  • impounding of vehicle;
  • lien placed upon the business operation of the owner of the vehicle.

The full text of the bill is here:

Bill 53 (1)

Norm Cash, 95-year-old Veteran, retired cab driver

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TTA President Gail Beck-Souter thanks WWII veteran Norm Cash for coming to Toronto City Council as the Standard Plate issue is being addressed.

 

Retired cab driver and WWII veteran Norm Cash spent the whole day at Toronto City Council on April 1st, waiting for Councillors to address the Standard Plate issue. The chamber was full of hundreds of drivers who waited all day for the item, to find out at 7:30 pm that it will be addressed at 2pm on April 2nd. You can see Norm's short video interview here. 

Norm and his wife Phyllis have 6 kids and 16 grandchildren!

Thank you!!!! Outstanding attendance at Council; City votes NOT to appeal court decision

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Hundreds of taxi industry members, current and retired, packed Toronto City Council Chambers today to show support for the motion of the License and Standards Committee to grandfather the Standard Plate.

Two very important things happened at Toronto City Council today, April 2nd.

1) Council voted NOT to appeal the decision of Ontario Superiour Court Justice Stinson, who quashed the section of the new by-law which put a termination date on the Standard Plate. The vote was 37-4.

2) A last-minute amendment to the motion by Denzil Minnan-Wong which would have wrapped the Standard Plate decision up in several other issues was defeated by a vote of 24-17.

You can read the minutes of the meeting including the text of Minnan-Wong's motion here.

THANK YOU to the hundreds of industry members who gave up another day of business to attend this meeting. Industry presence at these meetings sends a very important message to Council. Many attendees are not in great health and it is a great effort for them to attend; thank you.