City councillors are getting an earful from the traditional taxi industry over the upstart companies that have entered the market. A big part of the complaint is, there aren’t bylaw enforcement officers out there after hours when the potential problems are at their worst.
“Not during all hours of the day,” admits Coun. Mo Banga who along with Coun. Mike Nickel and Coun. Dave Loken got the wheels in motion for a report to be launched at city council in the next six weeks. “It’s during the time when bars are emptying out,” Banga said.
“Some private transport providers, they are picking up flags and they’re also obtaining taxi stands but we’re not sure if those actual taxi stands are authorized. There’s no definition in the bylaws for that.”
The notice of motion, asks questions about the size of lettering on the sides of the vehicles, whether these vehicles are picking up passengers who ‘hail them’ from the curb, and if they’re legitimately picking up ‘pre-arranged’ rides at stands.
“There has been accusations but we want to make sure if those accusations are made they’re either proved or not proved.”
Banga agreed it’s the traditional taxi industry that’s raising the issue. “That’s where the complaints mostly come from, yes.”
Also being questioned is how much enforcement is being done. Coun. Nickel asked for “a report containing enforcement statistics including number of violation tickets, the types of offences and the total fine amounts.”
The new rules came into effect on March 1 of this year.
Banga would like to see the rules made more clear. “Are you allowed to set up a taxi stand, let’s say, in front of a mall door? How far should it be, and what is the designated space for that?”
Banga also confirmed that there have been complaints made against TappCar, how ever he added that nothing has been proven.