Recommendations impose more regulations on Uber, while lessening the burden on taxi drivers.
After months of debate and protest, the City is proposing new rules for taxi and Uber drivers that it says will level the playing field.
Among the proposed recommendations are annual inspections for ride-sharing vehicles, criminal background checks on Uber drivers, and incentives to maintain accessible vehicles.
The new rules also address taxi drivers, who would no longer have to visit city-run garages, and can instead visit approved, private garages for inspections. Taxi drivers would also be able to offer discount rides to compete with Uber.
The recommendations stipulate that Uber and other ride-sharing companies would pay a one-time licensing fee of $20,000, with each driver paying an annual $10 licence fee and a 20-cent fee per trip. Toronto’s taxi drivers would pay $290 per year for their licences. And for insurance, Uber, taxis, and limos would all have to carry the same $2-million liability coverage.
The new rules have been in the works since last fall, when Mayor John Tory moved a City Council resolution to establish balance between Uber and the taxi industry.
“Toronto has an opportunity to put the interests of its residents first and create a regulatory environment that protects drivers and allows companies to fairly compete,” Tory said in a statement.
The Licensing and Standards Committee will address the new rules on April 14.