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ow Xxx... to deal with Uber page 2 Page x Xxx... And fix the taxi industry page 2 Page x It Xxx... all starts with the numbers page 2 Page x Free Publications Mail Registration No March 2016 Vol. 31 No. 3 Zero hour It s now or never if the City s political leaders are really serious about trying to save Toronto s taxi industry from almost certain destruction. We urge those officials to consider this month s submissions from Taxi News contributor and industry veteran Al Moore who has a very straightforward prescription for how to fix the industry once and for all. See stories beginning on page 2 Editorial, page 6 CoverCAB This month s Cover Cab is veteran Rufus Adeoba. Driving cab in Toronto since 1991, Adeoba says the biggest and most difficult change he has seen in the industry is the growing number of cabs on the road. e d like to see Uber operated like a taxi brokerage and be forced to play by the same rules as everybody else. 2 March 2016 Want to fix Toronto s ailing taxi industry? It all starts with the numbers CENSUS YEAR POPULATION NUMBER OF TAXIS IN TORONTO ,620, ,885, ,089,729 by Al Moore This article was written to show how councillors, both Metro Toronto and City of Toronto, took what was one of the best and one of the most affordable taxi industries in all major North American cities (1982 Currie, Coopers and Lybrand report to the Licensing Commission) and turned it into one of the worst taxi industries in North America and one of the least affordable in the world today. A companion article shows how Toronto s taxi industry can be restored to its pre-1982 state. Additional information shows that if Uber, and particularly its Uber X business model, is allowed to continue its operations in Toronto the taxi industry can not survive. LAWYER Tyrone Crawford, b.a., m.ed.,ll.b. Taxi Plate Sales Taxi Plate Purchases Taxi Tribunal earings Criminal Charges Traffic Tickets Incorporations ouse Sales Toronto s taxi industry was in dire straits even before Uber came on the scene for the sole reason that there were far too many licensed taxis for the available business. Currently, it is hanging on by a thread, and if Uber is allowed to continue its illegal Uber-X operations for much longer the taxi industry will not be able to survive. Make no mistake about that. Taxi licenses that were being leased to fleet operators are already being handed in to Municipal Licensing for safekeeping because shift drivers can t earn a living wage. Readers should also know that if shift drivers can t earn a living wage neither can owner drivers, especially so once their shift driver quits, so it is only a matter of time until they too have to hand in their ouse Purchases Mortgages Wills and Power of Attorney s Notaries Promissory Notes TELEPONE: CELL: FAX: RATIO OF CABS TO POPULATION ,124, : ,137, : DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO, ON M9A 1B6 between Kipling and Islington OVERSUPPLY OF TAXIS FOR TE AVAILABLE BUSINESS UNNEEDED CABS AS A % OF TE TOTAL FLEET ,192, : , : ,385, : ,481, : ,503, : ,615, : licences to Municipal Licensing because they can t earn enough to insure or replace their vehicles. Anyone with even a modicum of intelligence and a rudimentary understanding of how the taxi industry works knows that the number of taxis in a jurisdiction must be restricted in order to keep the cost of a taxi trip as affordable to as many people as possible. Tracey Cook and her staff at Municipal Licensing and Standards definitely know that to be true because they addressed that very matter in their Preliminary Report (2012), which was and still is available to the public and everyone on council. Simply put, allowing Uber to continue its Uber-X operations in Toronto will have the same effect as deregulating the industry, which is something that councillors and the licensing commission in this city have opposed since amalgamation. Cook and her staff also addressed the consequences associated with deregulation in their Preliminary Report. That said, even as I am writing this article, Cook and her staff are rewriting the by-law such that Uber can continue to operate in Toronto. If that happens, Toronto s taxi industry can not possibly survive, and if anyone thinks that Uber can take the place of the taxi industry they are sadly mistaken because Uber s business model is predicated on part-time employees with a minimal commitment to the taxi industry. One of the most vocal proponents of Uber is Mayor John Tory, who has stated, on many occasions, that Uber is here to stay because he likes the technology. Tory obviously has more than a modicum of intelligence, so why is he such a proponent of Uber, and why are he and his supporters so hell bent on Uber being allowed to operate, legally or otherwise, in the City of Toronto? Mr. Mayor, you need to stop talking a lot of crap about level playing fields, liking the technology, and etcetera and tell the residents in the GTA: 1) Why you are really throwing the weight of your office behind Uber instead of fixing the problems that councillors have created in Toronto s taxi industry over the past thirty years; and, 2) Why you are throwing Toronto s taxi industry under the bus. You know full well that there can never be a level playing field because, for starters, taxi driver have to make ST payments on every cent that they book and Uber drivers don t. You should also know that if you legalize Uber it will only be a matter of time before the government comes after Uber drivers for ST; and, once that happens Uber will be required to remit those monies to the government, at which time Uber will no longer be so attractive to Uber-X drivers. They will, of course, work when Uber s surge pricing is high enough to make it worth their while. To put it simply: Uber-X and the taxi industry can not co-exist; Uber alone can not adequately serve the public need; but the taxi industry can. Also, Mr. Mayor, if it s the technology you like, you can have it in a much better form; fix the problems in the taxi industry; and get rid of Uber at the same time, as is explained in a companion article in this edition of Taxi News. You should not be picking favourites, Mayor Tory. Rather, you should be doing what is best for the taxi industry, the taxi-riding public, and the public good. Wiping out the taxi industry, the value of taxi licences, and the pensions of retired owner-drivers so that a foreign company can earn millions of dollars for itself and for multi-millionaire investors who don t even live in this country or on this continent is definitely not in the public interest of Ontarians. Neither is taking away the pensions of retired owner-drivers and the livelihood of taxi drivers, many of whom have young families and don t own a car, so they can t even work for Uber. The information which follows will explain how and why councillors transformed Toronto s taxi industry from being one of the best and one of the most affordable in major North America cities, to one of the sorriest in major North American cities and one of the most expensive to use in the world. The figures in the chart which follows show the population within the old Metropolitan Toronto boundaries (Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, and East York); the ratio of cabs to population as of each census; the massive oversupply of taxis for the available business as of each census; and the number of unneeded cabs as a percentage of the total taxi fleet as of each census. The oversupply of taxis for the available business has been calculated based on overwhelming evidence, gathered over a 60 year period, that Toronto s taxi industry works very well when the ratio of cabs to population is around 1:850. Stray too far from that ratio and it does not. If the ratio of cabs to population is 1:800, rather than 1:850, there will be less business for every taxi; consequently, every ownerdriver and every shift driver will earn less money and owners will have less money to spend on their vehicles, unless meter rates are increased to offset the loss of income; but higher meter rates will make taxis unaffordable to more people; which, in turn, will result in even lower driver income and lower quality taxis. If, on the other hand, the ratio of cabs to population is 1:900, rather than 1:850, there will be more business for every taxi. Consequently, owner-drivers and shift drivers will earn a very good living; owners will be able to provide very nice taxis; and meter rates can be kept very low, which, in turn, will make taxis affordable to more people, but service will suffer during the busy periods of the day. The number of taxis in Toronto and the ratio of taxis to population for the 2011 census have been adjusted to reflect the 290 wheelchair accessible taxis that were issued by the city in 2014 and the 100 wheelchair taxis that were issued in In the 1960s, the 1970s and through 1981 Toronto s taxi drivers could earn a living wage in a five-day work-week of 45 to 60 hours and the vast majority of stakeholders were very happy. Because full-time drivers were able to earn a living wage in a five-day work-week, there were thousands of shifts available for part-time drivers and people who were between jobs. Those individuals see page 15 Tory amendment neuters latest bid for injunction against Uber X 3 March 2016 by Mike Beggs With a four-word amendment, Toronto Mayor John Tory managed to slow down the push for an application for an injunction against Uber X service at Toronto Council February 3. Tory recommended the phrase, under the appropriate circumstances be added to a Licensing and Standards Committee motion requesting the City proceed with an immediate application for an injunction against Uber and individual Uber X drivers. While this item produced a lengthy debate, in the end the vote went 39-3 in favour of Tory s motion. is amended motion read, City Council directs the City Solicitor and Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards to return to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under the appropriate circumstances, to seek an injunction against Uber and individual Uber X drivers, based on the updated regulations to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, approved by City Council at its meeting on September 30 and October 1 and 2. On this the Mayor s Key Item, Council swiftly went in camera with Toronto Legal to discuss a confidential Calgary Injunction Document Regarding Unlicensed Ground Transportation Providers. Afterward, Toronto solicitor Ansuya Pachai observed that, if filed now, an injunction application probably wouldn t be heard before the summer. She suggested, the entire landscape could potentially change before then, with the much-anticipated Ground Transportation Report from Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards imminent. And, she pointed out, an awful lot of work goes into preparing such an application. If rules change, any work done between then and now will have to be changed, and it will be a wasted effort, she explained. While expressing sympathy with the licensed drivers present predicament, Tory reiterated that the City is attempting to create a bylaw that is fair and balanced for all transportation providers, and protects the public, but one that recognizes the realities of living in the 21st Century. e argued that an application for injunction at this time could interrupt the work of Toronto Legal in proceeding with outstanding charges against Uber, and Uber X drivers, and slow down work on the staff report. As a lawyer, I know that you weaken your position if you go forward a second time and lose on an injunction application. The courts, at some point in time say, Look, how many times do you have to be told, No?, he said. I believe this is the best course of action, (based on the) advice from our solicitors. What is the point of going to court and losing? That will dash the hopes of these people (in the licensed industry) even more. The debate produced some intense emotions on the part of Councillors, and licensed cab drivers in the gallery. Nobody can make a living other than Uber, it seems, argued Councillor Anthony Perruzza, responsible for one of the No votes. What s Uber doing in the last 3.5 years? They re punching the lights out of our (licensed taxi) industry. During the debate, Councillor Jim Karygiannis lashed out at the City s failure to crack down on Uber X. We re letting them get off the hook one more time, and we ve done everything we must do to proceed and capture them. Therefore, delaying one more time is practicing the 3D approach Delay, Deny, until the industry Dies, he said. owever, when it came time to vote he d been persuaded to support the Mayor s motion. The same went for Councillor Janet Davis, who said she believed Council would be sending a strong message to Uber, that the City is poised to strike with an injunction application at the right time. MLS executive director Tracey Cook termed an application for injunction to be, an extraordinary tool to be kept in our arsenal. And contrary to the perception of a lack of enforcement efforts, she reported that there were 10 to 12 individual Uber X drivers before the courts in January, and another 80 in the process of being charged. Furthermore, she committed to having the Ground Transportation Report ready for Licensing and Standards Committee on April 14, and to hit Council on May 2. While Cook echoed Tory s mantra about creating a fair and equitable regulations for all, L&S chair Cesar Palacio sought reassurance that her report would include, no preferential treatment for Uber X. (A two-tier licensing model is in effect in several U.S. cities, with less stringent regulations for Transportation Network Companies like Uber X). Our goal is to ensure the appropriate level of regulation is brought forward to reflect the nature of the activities taken by the licensed business, she responded. Standing behind the initial L&S motion, Councillor Frank Di Giorgio said everyone would agree the best solution to this problem is a level playing field, if only it were possible. owever, it s my belief that there is no such thing. So the alternative is looking to the next best solution, which means trying for an injunction, he argued. My own view is the best time is now. I believe the City has to take a very strong stand. We control the licensing system. We need to do whatever is necessary to ensure that message is loud and clear (that Uber must negotiate in good faith). That s why the injunction started today is the proper choice. Things heated up in the Chambers, when Councillor David Shiner suggested the licensed industry has to look at what s happening, to find ways to lower the cost of traveling in a taxi, and offer the same level of convenience as Uber s virtual dispatch service on a broad scale. Right now you can t take your Smartphone and say, I want a taxicab and get the closest cab to you, he stated. It s not as easy as when I talk to people who say they enjoy what (Uber X offers). e added, I believe Beck has an app. At this point, several drivers shouted, They all have it. Then, they began hurling insults at him, forcing Chair Frances Nunziata to call for security and have them ejected. On a point of privilege, Shiner said the drivers behavior was disgraceful. But at this point, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam made an impactful defence of of the drivers. I think we need to point something out. We have workers in our city who are not white, and they will speak with an accent and often times they are newcomers. I think we paint a lot of folks with one brush. I have a lot of problems with the way we are treating and addressing those who drive cab for a living, she stated. What we have right now is an industry that is suffering. She countered that, in Toronto, one can now order a cab through a dozen different apps, and it doesn t have to be Uber. And she contested the perception that all too often Toronto s licensed taxis are dirty, and the drivers rude. This has not been my experience getting into a cab, not even close for someone who takes taxis (regularly), she continued. If it does happen, it happens once in a while, no different than walking into a restaurant and having bad service from one waiter. And she suggested if drivers were angry in the Chambers, it s because they are hungry. You can t work 12 hours a day TaXI & EX-POlICE CaRS IMPALA CROWN VICTORIA CAMRy FINANCING AVAILABLE SW SALES LTD DANFORT AVENUE (2 BLOCKS EAST OF VICTORIA PARK) Call SaM at: (416) OR (416) ATTENTION DRIVERS! PETER'S TAXI LTD. has moved to a new location to serve you better. We are now located at 75 Crockford Blvd. (I block East of Warden, South of Lawrence) We specialize in taxi service. D.O.T. INSPECTIONS BRAKES TUNE-UPS OIL CANGES BECK, DIAMOND AND CO-OP TAXICABS are available on a daily or weekly basis. and earn $30 and feed your family, she said. If you can t pay your rent, and you re told constantly in the media your service sucks and everything you do is wrong, and you keep on showing up in Council Chambers time and again and are being told, Not now (yes, you might be angry). To the taxi industry she urged, Please believe Council wants to win an injunction. We don t want to lose. It s not an option, we will see page 13 For more information call John or Dawit at (416) Or Drop in at 75 Crockford Blvd. 4 March 2016 AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF $100 FOR BEING OUR OUTSTANDING DRIVER OF TE MONT DRIVER OF TE MONT TAIR WARIAC Beck Taxi would like to congratulate Tahir as February s Driver of the Month. City of Brampton unanimously approves motion suspending Uber X Early in the morning of February 2nd Tahir found a small purse in his taxi that contained only a few bank cards but no identification as to whom it could belong to. Tahir waited until the following morning and went to three different bank locations trying to gain their assistance in locating the customer based on the debit cards inside. At the final branch Tahir was able to make contact with the customer through the assistance of the bank and arranged with the customer to return them to them the following day. The customer was overjoyed to have these items returns and for the additional efforts that Tahir took to locate her. Keep up the great work, Tahir! Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to help make Beck Taxi the #1 brokerage in Toronto! onourable Mentions Aamir Sajjad Abdulkadir Ahmed Abid Usman Abraham abtemarlam Abu Kamal Adinew Chekol Akram Shah Mohammad Albert Nnaji Ali Mohammad Amjad Babu Singh Sidhu Bhola Nauth Charanjeet Singh Daljit Singh Doraisamy Sivasany Garna Manmeet Singh ashmin ussain assan Addou assan Chaudhary Ibrahim Abdulnasir Ifran Ul aq Ismail Nuredin Jamal Muneeb Javed Mohammed Iqbal Jenab Mahmoud Khalid Mahmood Khariq Rashidi Majid Baity Marianayagam Princely Mohamed Ahmed Nur Mohamed Omar Mohammad Ashfaq Mohammad Tariq Mohammad Uddin Mohammed Ismail Mohammed Uddin Mohammed Uzair Khan Nayyar Qayyum Popal Assadullah becktaxi.com Raz Chughatai Saeedin Moktar Said Tahir Aman Sajad Ahmed Shahdady Abdulghafoor Shang ua Ku Shouket Chaudhry Sindhu Abid Sohel Ahmed Sukvinder Singh Syed Abdul-Malik Shah Tahir Ahmed Wariach Vaseekaran Balakrishnan Warfa Ahmed Salad Yusuf Farooqi Zafar Aurangzeb Zahid Ahmed Rana by Mike Beggs Toronto taxi operators were among the crowd of 200-plus that cheered Brampton Council s unanimous decision on February 24, to temporarily suspend Uber X service while staff attempts to create a level playing field for licensed cabs and ride-booking services. The motion put forward by Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon called on Licensing staff to recommend changes to the current bylaw that will, regulate companies in a manner that will allow their businesses to operate in a fair and competitive environment. The vote went 11-0 in favour. e called it, a victory for the residents of Brampton. This decision is a good first step to guarantee the public s safety and security, while maintaining fairnes
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