On August 29th, The Community and Protective Services Committee approved two motions to amend the Vehicle for Hire By-law.
- The first would authorize the Chief License Inspector to approve using alternative technologies for taxi metres that would enable flexible pricing when an app is used to book a taxi.
- The second would reduce the number of taxi inspections required per year, permit taxi identification numbers to be removed from the side of a taxi when it is not in service and increase the cleaning fee charged to customers who cause a taxi to be taken out of service for cleaning.
The Committee also approved a motion to review the feasibility of studying complaints and concerns about the quality, availability and cost of on-demand accessible taxis and recommending potential solutions for improvement. Staff would report back to the Committee on the potential scope, cost and timelines of this study before the 2020 budget process.
Items from the August 29th Committee meeting that require City Council approval will go to Council on Wednesday, September 11.