City staff released a long-awaited report in December with recommendations to streamline taxi services in Toronto.
Some of the proposals include having all new licenses issued by the city to require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, allow cab drivers to issue a $25 “vomit fee” and allow drivers to demand payments up front to a maximum of $25.
Last fall, the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) launched a campaign to oppose the reforms due to how the new changes will negatively affect the industry.
“We support the owner/operator model. That means the cab driver will own their cabs and the owners will drive the cabs and this will improve the driver’s life,” said Toronto taxi driver Ali Chaudhrey.
“The shift drivers like me are the people who are running the industry, who are serving the industry. We are the people who have the direct interest in providing a better service, not anybody else.”
City council will vote today on whether to approve the report’s recommendations.
Source : globalnews.ca