Toronto city council adopted new rules that would allow taxis to start using Uber-style “surge” peak-time pricing on fares booked via a Smartphone app.
Mayor John Tory convinced council to vote 27-15 in favour of the new rules.
Among the measures approved by council:
• Allow private transportation companies (PTCs) like Uber to operate in Toronto, booked only through a smartphone app, with a $3.25 minimum fare, no maximum fares and “surge” peak-time pricing.
• Allow taxis to adopt “surge” peak-time pricing for rides booked via smartphone app, and to discount pricing as long as drivers aren’t forced to pay the cost of the discount.
• Maintain requirements for taxis to have cameras, and flashing emergency lights, but not for PTCs. Have city staff report back next year on whether PTCs need cameras.
• Ensure PTCs and taxis have insurance of at least $2 million on all drivers for bodily injury, death and damages to people or property.
• Undo 2014 reforms that would have phased out ownership of “standard” plates as a commodity and ensure all cabs be disabled-accessible by 2014.
Meanwhile in Mississauga, Mayor Bonnie Crombie deferred a decision on legalizing Uber X until the rules put forward by Toronto were studied in more detail.
Council recently voted to halt Uber until a decision was made. Many councillors are against allowing Uber to operate in the city. – CINEWS