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Uber vs. taxi debate set to heat up City Hall

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Sparks are set to fly at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday as councillors have their say on the proposed new rules for Uber and taxi drivers.

In April, city staff unveiled a much-anticipated list of over 100 recommendations to try to create a level playing field between the ride-sharing service and the traditional taxi industry.

The list suggested different sets of rules for both taxis and vehicle-for-hire services, including background checks for Uber drivers and allowing taxis to offer discounts to people who use phone or Internet apps to get a cab.

The recommendations also include a $290 licensing fee for taxi drivers, which is a drop of 17 per cent from the current charge. Uber drivers would have to pay $10, plus a ‘per ride fee’ of 20 cents.


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The 17-day training requirement for cabbies would be eliminated and all vehicles would have to carry $2 million worth of liability insurance.

Taxi drivers argue that the proposed rules still give Uber an unfair advantage. Meanwhile, Uber has signalled that it could cease operations in Toronto if city council passes its proposed regulations.

The council meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Click here to read the agenda.

Councillors are expected to vote on the regulations on Wednesday.

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