Taxi and Limousine Regulation and Service Review

Yesterday, City staff held a technical briefing regarding the Taxi and Limousine Regulation and Service review. This briefing reviewed the current regulations with an emphasis on including potential regulations to recognize the emergence of new technologies and transportation-for-a-fee models. Additionally, Council directed that the review should ensure sustainable and efficient services that meet the needs of residents and visitors and that it be conducted based on the guiding principles of:

  1. Public Safety
  2. Accessibility
  3. Consumer Protection

Based on their findings, City staff developed a report that recommends changes to regulations for vehicles-for-hire, which include the currently regulated taxi and limousine industries, and the new, internet application-based ride service companies, which are currently unregulated. If approved by Council and Committee, the report will take effect June 30th, 2016. The full report can be found here. Some of the highlights include:

  1. Approve new regulations for Private Transportation Companies (PTCs), effective June 30, 2016, as described in this report and in the draft by-law attached as Document 2, including the following:
    • Establishing a license fee that includes a per trip charge of $.105 and an annual license fee that reflects the size of the company;
    • Requiring all drivers to provide mandatory annual Police Vulnerable Sector Records Check, Statement of Driving Record and a Ministry of Transportation safety standards certificate for vehicles to the company;
    • Requiring all vehicles be no more than 10 years old, with biannual inspections for vehicles greater than 5 years of age;
    • Requiring that rides can only be procured through a prearranged app; i. Accepting hails is prohibited; ii. Using taxi stands is prohibited;
  2. Subject to the approval of Recommendation 2, approve the amendments to the Taxi By-law (2012-258, as amended), effective June 30, 2016, as described in this report and in the drafting instructions attached as Document 3, including the following:
    • Reducing standard taxi driver license fee from $170 to $96;
    • Waiving the accessible taxi driver license fee;
    • Permitting that rides pre-arranged through an app may be set at a rate below the maximum fare prescribed in the by-law;
    • Eliminating the $1.50 credit card processing fee;
    • Increasing the allowable vehicle age from 8 to 10 years

There will be a Special Meeting with the Community and Protective Services Committee for Thursday, April 7, 2016 with possible overflow day of Friday, April 8, 2016 for the purpose of reviewing this report before it moves to council. Please provide your comments to Marc Desjardins, Standing Committee Coordinator, 613-580-2424 x. 28821 / Marc.Desjardins@Ottawa.ca.

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