Item - 2014.LS26.1

Tracking Status

LS26.1 - The Taxicab Industry Review - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 19 and 20, 2014, adopted the following:

 

Toronto Taxicab Licence:

 

1.         City Council adopt the creation of a new taxicab licence called the Toronto Taxicab Licence, including the properties as described in Attachment 1, beginning July 1, 2014.

 

2.         City Council amend the properties of the Accessible Taxicab Licence by permitting Accessible Taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

3.         City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab Licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

4.         City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab Licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to sell their current Ambassador Taxicabs, where a Toronto Taxicab Licence may be issued to the purchaser, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

5.         City Council amend the properties of the Standard Taxicab Licence to transition the Standard Taxicab Licence, at time of transfer, to the Toronto Taxicab Licence, subject to the applicable conditions and fee , effective July 1, 2014.

 

6.         City Council establish June 30, 2024 as the final date by which time owners may transfer a Standard or Ambassador Taxicab Licence to a Toronto Taxicab Licence.

 

7.         City Council direct the creation of a Toronto Taxicab Licence new owners training and refresher course by July 1, 2014.

 

8.         City Council adopt amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, Appendix C, Schedule 12, to enact that the current fees for the Standard Taxicab Owner Licence be applicable to the Toronto Taxicab Licence.

 

9.         City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in one year on the rate of transition to the Toronto Taxi Licence.

 

Accessible Taxicab Strategy:

 

10.       City Council endorse the goal to achieve an inclusive and accessible taxicab fleet that will ensure that all Toronto residents and visitors have equal access to all Toronto's taxicabs.

 

11.       City Council direct that all new taxicab licences issued by the City require a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

 

12.       City Council endorse the goal that 6 percent of the Toronto taxicab fleet, representing 290 taxicabs, are available for metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service by 2015.

  

13.       City Council authorize the issuance of up to 290 new Toronto Taxicab Licences for the provision of metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service as required, to advance the Accessible Taxicab Strategy, commencing July 1, 2014, and that:

 

a.         the definition of Accessible Taxicab in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545-Licensing, Section 130, be amended to remove the word "exclusively" to permit all Accessible taxicabs to operate as dual purpose;

 

b.         Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 - Licensing, Section 132M(1)(d) be amended to remove the requirement that the licensee provide proof of provision of service and replace it with a requirement that they provide proof of affiliation with a brokerage; and

 

c.          licences be issued to drivers on the waiting list.

 

14.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to engage with Taxicab Brokers to provide that passengers who require accessible taxicabs can receive service in the same amount of time as passengers who do not require accessible taxicabs, by January 1, 2019.

 

15.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City's Disability Issues Committee, to undertake a review in two years on the success of the accessible cab initiative and to bring further recommendations to Council, if necessary, to ensure that the City achieves its goal of service equivalency regarding the disabled community.

 

Taxicab leasing including licensing of Fleet Operators:

 

16.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct further consultation, and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee by June 1, 2015, on the appropriate regulatory regime and necessary by-law amendments to facilitate common management of taxicabs, eliminate the role of designated agents and create a new licence category called "Fleet Operator", such report to also include recommendations to:

 

a.         address concerns about unscrupulous or exploitative business practices, shift fees and lease rates and provide greater transparency, accountability and fairness in agreements and contracts with shift drivers and lessees; and

 

b.                   provide City authority to collect and audit any documentation related to the operation of a taxicab or fleet.

 

Addressing industry concerns, public safety interests and improving working conditions of taxicab drivers:

 

17.        City Council direct the modification of the Ambassador Taxicab License by permitting a second shift, and to amend the owner's minimum hours from 36 hours per week to 156 hours per month to enable operational flexibility, effective July 1, 2014.

 

18.       City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the possibility of exempting the Ambassador taxicab owners from their minimum driving requirements as a result of illness, extended leave or an unforeseen family emergency.

 

19.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake a review of flat rate wheelchair accessible transportation providers and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

 

20.       City Council amend the vehicle regulations in the by-law to:

 

a.         allow all approved alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles an extension from five (5) to seven (7) model years;

 

b.         effective June 1, 2014, require that all taxicab vehicles be transitioned to alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles at the scheduled time of replacement vehicle (as originally envisioned in Executive Committee Item EX10.3, Part 8e, adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007) and that the Approved Vehicle List be restricted to only include alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles; and

 

c.         exempt accessible vehicles from Part 20.b. above until such time as alternative fuel and/or hybrid accessible vehicles are available in the Canadian market and approved and added to the City's Approved Vehicle List.

 

21.       City Council require all taxicabs to use snow tires during winter months, and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to establish dates for annual installment.

 

22.       City Council maintain the current number of issued non-accessible taxicab licences.

 

23.       City Council endorse the adoption of a ‘passenger service level’ approach to determining when new licences should be issued, effective January 1, 2015.

 

24.       City Council adopt the Taxi Research Partners’ Taxicab Demand Model, as outlined in Attachment 1 - Appendix B to the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to be used to project demand growth in the number of annual taxicab trips, every three (3) years, beginning in 2015.

 

25.       City Council engage the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the impact of the Airport Exemption in the City of Toronto Act to the Toronto Taxicab industry.

 

26.       City Council allow taxicab drivers to charge a $25 cleaning fee if a passenger soils the taxicab.

 

27.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct a passenger survey in 2014 to understand the impacts and public opinion of mandating taxicab shields in Toronto taxicabs, and to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

 

28.       City Council allow taxicab drivers to request payment of a fare in advance, up to a maximum of $25, when they deem necessary, and direct a review of its effects to be undertaken in 2016.

 

29.       City Council commit to improve the City’s ability to investigate fare jumping.

 

30.       City Council endorse a partnership with Crime Stoppers to aid in the deterrence and solving of taxicab-related crime.

 

31.       City Council approve the replacement of the current Passenger Bill of Rights, with the Taxicab Bill of Rights, which will enhance both passenger and driver rights.

 

32.       City Council require all taxicab drivers to complete a simulated defensive driving training as part of the new driver and refresher driver training courses, to aid in addressing public safety related to driver conduct, effective January 1, 2015.

 

33.       City Council require that enhanced accessibility training be included in all new and refresher taxicab driver and owner training courses, effective July 1, 2014.

 

34.       City Council require all taxicab licensees who operate wheelchair accessible taxicabs to take an accessibility refresher course every four (4) years.

 

35.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake an evaluation and a pilot program, if feasible, of using fire hydrants as cabstands in the downtown core, such evaluation to include the impact on the new rush hour regulations on main streets.

 

36.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake an evaluation and a pilot program, if feasible, of implementing Hail Spots.

 

Continued industry engagement and consultation on issue-specific basis:

 

37.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group to review taxicab vehicle regulations, focused on ensuring taxicab regulations enable inclusive use, including wheelchair accessibility, and the feasibility of mandating accessible vehicles for all of Toronto’s taxicabs in the future and further direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to submit the findings of the working group to the Licensing and Standards Committee in two years time.

 

38.       City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in one year on the status of vehicle manufacturers' ability to provide accessible taxis.

 

39.       City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to City Council in the first quarter of 2015 regarding a procurement process for a standardized made-in-Ontario Toronto Taxi Vehicle to be required for all vehicles operated with a Toronto Taxicab Licence, a requirement similar to those in New York City and London which require a single, standardized, accessible vehicle for all licences.

 

and further, that the procurement process should help meet the following City objectives:

 

a.         provide a level playing field and a universally accessible vehicle;

 

b.          promote the use of fuel-efficient vehicles in Toronto's taxi fleet; and

 

c.          working with the Federal and Provincial governments, support a made-in-Ontario approach to manufacturing and support the local economy.

 

40.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake further consultation with Taxicab Brokers on mandating of brokerages to keep additional records of the date and time of pick-up for each taxicab trip and the submission of such records to the City.

 

41.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake further consultation with Taxi Brokers on mandating of brokerages to keep additional records of the date and time of each wheelchair accessible taxicab dispatch and pick-up and submission of records to the City.

 

42.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee on technical specifications and the implementation of mandated passenger information monitors, to empower passengers and support accessibility, by January 1, 2016.

 

43.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee on technical specifications and the implementation of mandated vehicle information technology, capable of generating operator logs unique to each vehicle and operator, by January 1, 2015.

 

44.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee on mandating all taxicabs to be equipped to accept debit and credit card payment using approved electronic payment technology, by January 1, 2015.

 

45.       City Council direct the current fare rates be maintained and that they be reviewed every two years.

 

46.       City Council request the Taxicab Advisory Committee to review relevance of flat fees, discounts and maximum processing surcharges.

 

47.       City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, to delete obsolete sections and terms as described in Appendix D of Attachment 1 to the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, subject to such technical and stylistic amendments as required by the City Solicitor and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.

 

48.       City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, to reflect Council's decision, subject to such technical and stylistic amendments as required by the City Solicitor and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and in the event that in preparation of the by-law, additional issues arise which should be brought to the attention of Council, that a supplementary report be prepared for the consideration of Council.

 

49.        City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Province in discussions regarding amending the City of Toronto Act, 2006 to allow the City to issue new taxi licenses at a price above cost recovery.

 

50.       City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact regulations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 which would ensure that all taxicab drivers are entitled to minimum wage and other employment protections (i.e., entitlement to overtime pay, public holidays, and holiday pay), regardless of whether or not the taxicab driver is leasing a taxicab or is considered an employee for the purposes of the Act.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, gave a presentation to Council on The Taxi Industry Review – Final Report.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(January 8, 2014) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on The Taxicab Industry Review - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66166.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Attachment 1 - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66167.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix A - Public Engagement
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66168.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix B - Determining the Appropriate Number of Taxicabs and its Impacts for the City of Toronto - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66169.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix C - Review of Accessible Taxi Operations for the City of Toronto - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66170.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix D - By-law Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66171.pdf
(January 23, 2014) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Toronto's Taxicab Industry Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66258.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 16, 2014) Letter from Gerald Manley (LS.New.LS26.1.1)
(January 17, 2014) E-mail from Gerald Parker (LS.New.LS26.1.2)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Arvind Kumar Agarwal (LS.New.LS26.1.3)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Peter D. Pellier (LS.New.LS26.1.4)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Stanley Tweyman (LS.New.LS26.1.5)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.6)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.7)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Mohammad Bhatti (LS.New.LS26.1.8)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Sylvia Criger (LS.New.LS26.1.9)
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Andy Reti (LS.New.LS26.1.10)
(January 22, 2014) E-mail from Faye Huppert (LS.New.LS26.1.11)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from the Toronto Taxi Alliance (LS.New.LS26.1.12)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from Janice Sharp (LS.New.LS26.1.13)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from Rina Kogon (LS.New.LS26.1.14)
(January 23, 2014) Letter from Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly (LS.New.LS26.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/comm/communicationfile-44941.pdf
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Khalid Malik (LS.New.LS26.1.16)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jamil Nazar (LS.New.LS26.1.17)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Cheryl Heydon (LS.New.LS26.1.18)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Sajid Mughal, President, itaxiworkers Association (LS.New.LS26.1.19)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Sam Moini (LS.New.LS26.1.20)
(January 23, 2014) Petition from Aamir Saleem containing approximately 1800 signatures (LS.New.LS26.1.21)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Peter Mandronis, Peter's Taxi Ltd. (LS.New.LS26.1.22)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Alistair Moore (LS.New.LS26.1.23)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Mohammad Mohammadkhani (LS.New.LS26.1.24)
(December 17, 2013) Submission from Peter Athanasopoulos, Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (LS.New.LS26.1.25)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.26)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Larry Labovitch (LS.New.LS26.1.27)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.28)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Ikram Freed (LS.New.LS26.1.29)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Michael Milkovich (LS.New.LS26.1.31)

Communications (City Council)

(February 13, 2014) E-mail from Arvind Kumar Argarwal (CC.Supp.LS26.1.32)
(February 19, 2014) Petition from Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 - St. Paul's, submitted during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting and containing the names of approximately 1,500 persons. (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Amended)

That:

 

1.           City Council adopt Recommendations 1-10 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.

 

Toronto Taxicab Licence:

 

1.         City Council adopt the creation of a new taxicab licence called the Toronto Taxicab Licence, including the properties as described in Attachment 1, beginning July 1, 2014.

 

2.         City Council amend the properties of the Accessible Taxicab Licence by permitting Accessible taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

3.         City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab Licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

4.         City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to sell their current Ambassador Taxicabs, where a Toronto Taxicab Licence may be issued to the purchaser, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

5.         City Council amend the properties of the Standard Taxicab Licence to transition the Standard Taxicab, at time of transfer, to the Toronto Taxicab Licence, subject to the applicable conditions and fee , effective January 1, 2019.

 

6.         City Council direct the creation of a Toronto Taxicab Licence new owners training and refresher course by July 1, 2014.

 

7.         City Council adopt amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, Appendix C, Schedule 12, to enact that the current fees for "Standard Taxicab Owner Licence" be applicable to the "Toronto Taxicab Licence".

 

Accessible Taxicab Strategy:

 

8.         City Council direct that all new taxicab licences issued by the City, will require a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

 

9.         City Council endorse the goal that 6% of the Toronto taxicab fleet, representing 290 taxicabs, are available for metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service by 2015.

 

10.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to engage with Taxi Brokers to provide that passengers who require accessible taxicabs can receive service in the same amount of time as passengers who do not require accessible taxicabs, by January 1, 2019.

 

2.         City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in one year on the rate of transition to the Toronto Taxi Licence.

 

3.           City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in one year on the status of vehicle manufacturers' ability to provide accessible taxis.

 

Amended by motion 11 by Councillor Minnan-Wong

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - McMahon - motion 1a as amended by motion 11
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), Gord Perks, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Josh Colle, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That City Council amend the lead-in paragraph in Licensing and Standards Committee in Recommendation 1 by deleting the words "Accessible Licences" and inserting the words "Toronto Taxicab Licences" so that it now reads as follows:

 

1.         City Council authorize the issuance of up to 290 new Toronto Taxicab Licences for the provision of metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service as required, to advance the Accessible Taxicab Strategy, commencing July 1, 2014.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - McMahon - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Cesar Palacio
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That City Council amend Motion 1a by Councillor McMahon by deleting in Part 1, Recommendation 5 the date "January 1, 2019" and replacing it with the words "July 1, 2014, with the full transition to be completed by July 1, 2019" so that Part 1, Recommendation 5 now reads:

 

5.         City Council amend the properties of the Standard Taxicab Licence to transition the Standard Taxicab, at time of transfer, to the Toronto Taxicab Licence, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014, with the full transition to be completed by July 1, 2019.

Vote (Amend Motion) Feb-19-2014 5:06 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS26.1 - McConnell - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 19 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 24 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

3a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That, in the event that City Council approves the "Toronto Taxicab Licence"

 

1.         City Council establish June 30, 2024 as the final date by which time owners may transfer a Standard or Ambassador Taxicab Licence to a "Toronto Taxicab Licence".

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Davis - motion 3a
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, John Parker (Chair), Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:17 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Davis - motion 3a - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 13 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, John Parker (Chair), Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That in accordance with Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 3a by Councillor Davis.

Vote (Reconsider Vote) Feb-19-2014 5:16 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - LS26.1 - reconsider the vote on motion 3a by Councillor Davis
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Cesar Palacio
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

3b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to include in the report back to Licensing and Standards Committee on taxicab leasing, recommendations to:

 

a.         address concerns about unscrupulous or exploitative business practices, shift fees and lease rates and provide greater transparency, accountability and fairness in agreements and contracts with shift drivers and lessees; and

 

b.                   provide City authority to collect and audit any documentation related to the operation of a taxicab or fleet

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:18 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Davis - motion 3b
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Peter Leon
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact regulations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 which would ensure that all taxicab drivers are entitled to minimum wage and other employment protections (i.e., entitlement to overtime pay, public holidays, and holiday pay), regardless of whether or not the taxicab driver is leasing a taxicab or is considered an employee for the purposes of the Act.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Perks - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Cesar Palacio
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Amended)

That, in the event that City Council approves the "Toronto Taxicab Licence"

 

1.         City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to:

 

a.         report back to City Council in the first quarter of 2015 regarding a procurement process for a standardized made-in-Ontario Toronto Taxi Vehicle to be required for all vehicles operated with a "Toronto Taxicab Licence", a requirement similar to those in New York City and London which require a single, standardized, accessible vehicle for all licenses; and

 

b.         further, that the procurement process should help meet the following City objectives:

 

i.          provide a level playing field and a universally accessible vehicle;

 

ii.         promote the use of fuel-efficient vehicles in Toronto's taxi fleet; and

 

iii.        working with the Federal and Provincial governments, support a made-in-Ontario approach to manufacturing and support the local economy.

 

2.         City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report back to Council in the first quarter of 2015 regarding options to reduce barriers to entry in the taxi industry for new drivers, including the option of providing a low-interest loan program to assist new entrants into the industry to finance the purchase of a "Toronto Taxicab Licence".

 

Part 2 of motion 5 lost.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Mihevc - motion 5 Part 1
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 9 Members that voted No are Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Mike Del Grande, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:22 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS26.1 - Mihevc - motion 5 Part 2
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 23 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), Gord Perks, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

6 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor David Shiner (Redundant)

That:

 

1.         City Council delete all the Recommendations from Licensing and Standards Committee and adopt instead Recommendations 1-40 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City's Disability Issues Committee, to undertake a review in 2 years on the success of the accessible cab initiative and to bring further recommendations to Council, if necessary, to ensure that the City achieves its goal of service equivalency regarding the disabled community.

 

3.         City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Province of Ontario in discussions regarding amending the City of Toronto Act, 2006 to allow the City to issue new taxi licenses at a price above cost recovery.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker ruled motion 6 by Councillor Shiner redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 1a, as amended, by Councillor McMahon.


7 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Redundant)

That City Council adopt Recommendations 9 and 10 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards:

 

9.         City Council endorse the goal that 6% of the Toronto taxicab fleet, representing 290 taxicabs, are available for metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service by 2015.

 

10.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to engage with Taxi Brokers to provide that passengers who require accessible taxicabs can receive service in the same amount of time as passengers who do not require accessible taxicabs, by January 1, 2019.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker ruled motion 7 by Councillor Pasternak redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 1a, as amended, by Councillor McMahon.


8 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Amended)

That:

 

1.         City Council amend Licensing and Standards Committee Recommendations by:

 

a.         adding to Recommendation 6.b. the words, "effective June 1, 2014" so that 6.b. now reads:

 

b.          effective June 1, 2014, require that all taxicab vehicles be transitioned to alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles at the scheduled time of replacement vehicle (as originally envisioned in Executive Committee Item EX10.3, Part 8e, adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007) and that the Approved Vehicle List be restricted to only include alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles; and

 

b.         deleting in Recommendation 11, "$25" and instead inserting "$50" so that Recommendation 11 now reads:

 

11.      City Council allow taxicab drivers to charge a $50 cleaning fee if a passenger soils the taxicab.

 

2.         City Council require all taxicabs use snow tires during winter months, and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to establish dates for annual installment.

 

Part 1b of motion 8 lost.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - De Baeremaeker - motion 8 Part 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, John Parker (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:12 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS26.1 - De Baermaeker - motion 8 Part 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 26 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - De Baeremaeker - motion 8 Part 2
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 9 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

9 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Redundant)

That:

 

1.         City Council convert all Ambassador Taxicab Licences to Standard Taxicab Licences at a rate of 100 licences per year, in the order of the date of issuance, and that the conversion begin on January 1, 2015.

 

2.         City Council require the converted licences to provide an Accessible taxicab.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker ruled motion 9 by Councillor Di Giorgio redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 1a as amended by Councillor McMahon.


10a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

That City Council amend Licensing and Standards Committee Recommendation 22 by adding the words "and Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to submit the findings of the working group to the Licensing and Standards Committee in 2 years time" after the word "future" so that it now reads as follows:

 

22.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group to review taxicab vehicle regulations, focused on ensuring taxicab regulations enable inclusive use, including wheelchair accessibility, and the feasibility of mandating accessible vehicles for all of Toronto’s taxicabs in the future and Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to submit the findings of the working group to the Licensing and Standards Committee in 2 years time.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-19-2014 5:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Vaughan - motion 10a
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

10b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

That City Council endorse the goal to achieve an inclusive and accessible taxicab fleet that will ensure that all Toronto residents and visitors have equal access to all Toronto's taxicabs.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:23 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Vaughan - motion 10b
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

11 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That City Council amend Motion 1a by Councillor McMahon by deleting in Part 1, Recommendation 5 the date "January 1, 2019" and replacing it with the words "July 1, 2014" so that Part 1, Recommendation 5 now reads:

 

5.         City Council amend the properties of the Standard Taxicab Licence to transition the Standard Taxicab, at time of transfer, to the Toronto Taxicab Licence, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

Vote (Amend Motion) Feb-19-2014 5:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Minnan Wong - motion 11
Total members that voted Yes: 28 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Josh Colle, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

12 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Vincent Crisanti (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the possibility of exempting the Ambassador taxicab owners from their minimum driving requirements as a result of illness, extended leave or an unforeseen family emergency.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-19-2014 5:24 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Crisanti - motion 12
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Rob Ford, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

13 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Out of Order)

That City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, enter into discussions with the Province of Ontario about appropriate amendments to the City of Toronto Act, 2006 that would be necessary to ensure that the basic protections afforded to all workers under the Employment Standards Act can be extended to second and third etc. drivers of taxicabs.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, requested the Deputy Speaker to rule motion 13 by Councillor Perruzza out of order as the motion is contrary to Council's position as adopted in motion 4 by Councillor Perks.

Deputy Speaker Parker accepted the Point of Order and ruled motion 13 by Councillor Perruzza out of order as it is contrary to Council's adopted position in motion 4 by Councillor Perks.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-19-2014 5:28 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, James Pasternak, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Deputy Speaker Parker proposed that Councillor Palacio's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Feb-19-2014 4:53 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS26.1 - Extend the Committee Chair's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Frances Nunziata, Jaye Robinson

Point of Order by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

Councillor Mammoliti, rising on a Point of Order, stated that he was unclear as to the status of staff recommendations that had been previously considered by the Licensing and Standards Committee.

 

Deputy Speaker Parker accepted the Point of Order and asked the City Clerk to respond.

 

The City Clerk advised Council  that the entire matter is before Council for consideration.


Point of Order by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Councillor Minnan-Wong, rising on a Point of Order, requested that Council take separate votes on the two parts of Councillor McConnell's motion 2.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker accepted the Point of Order and ruled that motion 2 by Councillor McConnell could not be split as it is a single proposition that contains both a start and end date.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker accepted the Point of Order and ruled motion 13 by Councillor Perruzza out of order as it is contrary to Council's adopted position in motion 4 by Councillor Perks.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker John Parker
Deputy Speaker Parker advised the members of the audience that they are welcome to observe the proceedings today but cautioned that they must observe silently, observe the rules of the Chamber and not applaud during the debate. Deputy Speaker Parker further advised that if members of the audience do not obey the rules, the security staff are authorized to remove them from the Chamber.

Declared Interests (City Council)

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Frances Nunziata - as her brother works as an agent in the taxi industry

LS26.1 - The Taxicab Industry Review - Final Report

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

 

Accessible Taxicab Strategy:

 

1.         City Council authorize the issuance of up to 290 new Accessible Licences for the provision of metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service as required, to advance the Accessible Taxicab Strategy, commencing July 1, 2014, and that:

 

a.         the definition of Accessible Taxicab in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545-Licensing, Section 130, be amended to remove the word "exclusively" to permit all Accessible taxicabs to operate as dual purpose;

 

b.         Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 - Licensing, Section 132M(1)(d) be amended to remove the requirement that the licensee provide proof of provision of service and replace it with a requirement that they provide proof of affiliation with a brokerage; and

 

c.         licenses be issued to drivers on the waiting list.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City's Disability Issues Committee, to undertake a review in 2 years on the success of the accessible cab initiative and to bring further recommendations to Council, if necessary, to ensure that the City achieves its goal of service equivalency regarding the disabled community.

 

Taxicab leasing including licensing of Fleet Operators:

 

3.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct further consultation, and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee by June 1, 2015, on the appropriate regulatory regime and necessary by-law amendments to facilitate common management of taxicabs, eliminate the role of designated agents and create a new licence category called "Fleet Operator".

 

Addressing industry concerns, public safety interests and improving working conditions of taxicab drivers:

 

4.         City Council direct the modification of the Ambassador Taxicab License by permitting a second shift, and to amend the owner's minimum hours from 36 hours per week to 156 hours per month to enable operational flexibility, effective July 1, 2014.

 

5.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake a review of flat rate wheelchair accessible transportation providers and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

 

6.         City Council amend the vehicle regulations in the by-law to:

 

a.         allow all approved alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles an extension from five (5) to seven (7) model years;

 

b.         require that all taxicab vehicles be transitioned to alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles at the scheduled time of replacement vehicle (as originally envisioned in Executive Committee Item EX10.3, Part 8e, adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007) and that the Approved Vehicle List be restricted to only include alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles; and

 

c.         exempt accessible vehicles from Recommendation 6b above until such time as alternative fuel and/or hybrid accessible vehicles are available in the Canadian market and approved and added to the City's Approved Vehicle List.

 

7.         City Council adopt the recommendation to maintain the current number of issued non-accessible taxicab licences.

 

8.         City Council endorse the adoption of a ‘passenger service level’ approach to determining when new licences should be issued, effective January 1, 2015.

 

9.         City Council adopt the Taxi Research Partners’ Taxicab Demand Model, as outlined in Attachment 1 - Appendix B to the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to be used to project demand growth in the number of annual taxicab trips, every three (3) years, beginning in 2015.

 

10.       City Council engage the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the impact of the Airport Exemption in the City of Toronto Act to the Toronto Taxicab industry.

 

11.       City Council adopt the recommendation to allow taxicab drivers to charge a $25 cleaning fee if a passenger soils the taxicab.

 

12.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to conduct a passenger survey in 2014 to understand the impacts and public opinion of mandating taxicab shields in Toronto taxicabs, and to report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

 

13.       City Council adopt the recommendation to allow taxicab drivers to request payment of a fare in advance, up to a maximum of $25, when they deem necessary, and direct a review of its effects be undertaken in 2016.

 

14.       City Council endorse the recommendation and commitment to improve the City’s ability to investigate fare jumping.

 

15.       City Council endorse the recommendation and partnership with Crime Stoppers to aid in the deterrence and solving of taxicab-related crime.

 

16.       City Council adopt the replacement of the current Passenger Bill of Rights, with the Taxicab Bill of Rights, which will enhance both passenger and driver rights.

 

17.       City Council direct that all taxicab drivers be required to complete a simulated defensive driving training as part of the new driver and refresher driver training courses, to aid in addressing public safety related to driver conduct, effective January 1, 2015.

 

18.       City Council direct that enhanced accessibility training be included in all new and refresher taxicab driver and owner training courses, effective July 1, 2014.

 

19.       City Council direct that all taxicab licensees who operate wheelchair accessible taxicabs be required to take an accessibility refresher course every four (4) years.

 

20.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake an evaluation and a pilot program, if feasible, of using fire hydrants as cabstands in the downtown core, and the evaluation to include the impact on the new rush hour regulations on main streets.

 

21.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake an evaluation and a pilot program, if feasible, of implementing Hail Spots.

 

Continued industry engagement and consultation on issue-specific basis:

 

22.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group to review taxicab vehicle regulations, focused on ensuring taxicab regulations enable inclusive use, including wheelchair accessibility, and the feasibility of mandating accessible vehicles for all of Toronto’s taxicabs in the future.

 

23.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake further consultation with Taxi Brokers on the mandating of brokerages to keep additional records of the date and time of pick-up for each taxicab trip and submission of records to the City.

 

24.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake further consultation with Taxi Brokers on the mandating of brokerages to keep additional records of the date and time of each wheelchair accessible taxicab dispatch and pick-up and submission of records to the City.

 

25.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in respect to technical specifications and the implementation of mandated passenger information monitors, to empower passengers and support accessibility, by January 1, 2016.

 

26.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in respect to technical specifications and the implementation of mandated vehicle information technology, capable of generating operator logs unique to each vehicle and operator, by January 1, 2015.

 

27.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to create a working group and report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in respect to mandating that all taxicabs, be equipped to accept debit and credit card payment using approved electronic payment technology, by January 1, 2015.

 

28.       City Council direct that the current fare rates be maintained and that they be reviewed every two (2) years.

 

29.       City Council request the Taxicab Advisory Committee to review relevance of flat fees, discounts and maximum processing surcharges.

 

30.       City Council approve amendments to the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, to delete obsolete sections and terms as described in Appendix D of Attachment 1 to the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, subject to such technical and stylistic amendments as required by the City Solicitor and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.

 

31.       City Council approve amendments to the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, to reflect the recommendations above, subject to such technical and stylistic amendments as required by the City Solicitor and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and that in the event that in preparation of the by-law, additional issues arise which should be brought to the attention of Council, that a supplementary report be prepared for the consideration of Council.

 

32.       City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Province in discussions regarding amending the City of Toronto Act to allow the City to issue new taxi licenses at a price above cost recovery.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Licensing and Standards Committee:

 

a.         Referred the following Recommendations 1 to 10 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in conjunction with the Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, and in consultation with the Disability Issues Committee, for a further report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in February, 2015:

 

“Toronto Taxicab Licence:

 

1.           City Council adopt the creation of a new taxicab licence called the Toronto Taxicab Licence, including the properties as described in Attachment 1, beginning July 1, 2014.

 

2.           City Council amend the properties of the Accessible Taxicab Licence by permitting Accessible taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

3.           City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab Licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to voluntarily surrender their current licences and be issued Toronto Taxicab Licences, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

4.           City Council amend the properties of the Ambassador Taxicab licence by permitting Ambassador Taxicab owners to sell their current Ambassador Taxicabs, where a Toronto Taxicab Licence may be issued to the purchaser, subject to the applicable conditions and fee, effective July 1, 2014.

 

5.           City Council amend the properties of the Standard Taxicab Licence to transition the Standard Taxicab, at time of transfer, to the Toronto Taxicab Licence, subject to the applicable conditions and fee , effective January 1, 2019.

 

6.           City Council direct the creation of a Toronto Taxicab Licence new owners training and refresher course by July 1, 2014.

 

7.            City Council adopt amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges, Appendix C, Schedule 12, to enact that the current fees for "Standard Taxicab Owner Licence"  be applicable to the "Toronto Taxicab Licence".

 

Accessible Taxicab Strategy:

 

8.           City Council direct that all new taxicab licences issued by the City, will require a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

 

9.           City Council endorse the goal that 6% of the Toronto taxicab fleet, representing 290 taxicabs, are available for metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service by 2015.

 

10.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to engage with Taxi Brokers to provide that passengers who require accessible taxicabs can receive service in the same amount of time as passengers who do not require accessible taxicabs, by January 1, 2019.”

 

b.         Requested the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the possibility of exempting taxicab owners from their driving requirements of accessible taxicabs for reasons of advanced age or disability.

 

The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, gave a presentation to the Licensing and Standards Committee on Toronto's Taxicab Industry Review.

Origin

(January 8, 2014) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards

Summary

Guided by the City Council adopted Principles for Regulating the Taxicab Industry of consumer protection, the health and safety of passengers and drivers, the well-being of the City of Toronto, and the economic viability and sustainability of the taxicab industry, this report presents a series of recommendations, described in Attachment 1, which are intended to improve Toronto’s taxicab industry and its' service to the public.

 

The Taxicab Industry Review commenced in December 2011 and since that time, the City of Toronto has, through extensive consultation and research, conducted a review of Toronto’s taxicab industry.

 

In total, the Review has engaged more than 4,500 stakeholders, through more than 40 consultations, 100 stakeholder meetings and three issue-based surveys which have collectively had over 3,000 responses. Staff have also received and analyzed thousands of emails, phone calls, written proposals, and letters containing issues and recommendations as a part of the Review. This stakeholder engagement has been the foundation of the final recommendations.

 

In June 2013, the Framework for Change with preliminary recommendations for additional consultations was presented. During the summer and fall of 2013, staff held 15 consultations to specifically discuss and gain input on the Framework recommendations.

 

This report provides direction for modifications within the taxicab industry to address issues including accessibility, the licensing structure, driver safety, and technology.

 

As the culmination of the past two years of consultation and research, this final report presents a series of recommendations that include opportunities to be taken immediately to remedy industry identified issues, and some that provide for a phased implementation of initiatives to permit the industry to adjust and/or modify its business practices to accommodate.

 

This report also contains recommendations, and phased implementation approaches, to accommodate long-term strategies that enhance public safety, customer service, industry viability through efficiencies, and accessibility, through continued industry engagement with issue-specific focus.

Background Information

(January 8, 2014) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on The Taxicab Industry Review - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66166.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Attachment 1 - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66167.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix A - Public Engagement
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66168.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix B - Determining the Appropriate Number of Taxicabs and its Impacts for the City of Toronto - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66169.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix C - Review of Accessible Taxi Operations for the City of Toronto - Final Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66170.pdf
(January 8, 2014) Appendix D - By-law Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66171.pdf
(January 23, 2014) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Toronto's Taxicab Industry Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-66258.pdf

Communications

(January 16, 2014) Letter from Gerald Manley (LS.New.LS26.1.1)
(January 17, 2014) E-mail from Gerald Parker (LS.New.LS26.1.2)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Arvind Kumar Agarwal (LS.New.LS26.1.3)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Peter D. Pellier (LS.New.LS26.1.4)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Stanley Tweyman (LS.New.LS26.1.5)
(January 19, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.6)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.7)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Mohammad Bhatti (LS.New.LS26.1.8)
(January 20, 2014) E-mail from Sylvia Criger (LS.New.LS26.1.9)
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Andy Reti (LS.New.LS26.1.10)
(January 22, 2014) E-mail from Faye Huppert (LS.New.LS26.1.11)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from the Toronto Taxi Alliance (LS.New.LS26.1.12)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from Janice Sharp (LS.New.LS26.1.13)
(January 22, 2014) Submission from Rina Kogon (LS.New.LS26.1.14)
(January 23, 2014) Letter from Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly (LS.New.LS26.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ls/comm/communicationfile-44941.pdf
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Khalid Malik (LS.New.LS26.1.16)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jamil Nazar (LS.New.LS26.1.17)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Cheryl Heydon (LS.New.LS26.1.18)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Sajid Mughal, President, itaxiworkers Association (LS.New.LS26.1.19)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Sam Moini (LS.New.LS26.1.20)
(January 23, 2014) Petition from Aamir Saleem containing approximately 1800 signatures (LS.New.LS26.1.21)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Peter Mandronis, Peter's Taxi Ltd. (LS.New.LS26.1.22)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Alistair Moore (LS.New.LS26.1.23)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Mohammad Mohammadkhani (LS.New.LS26.1.24)
(December 17, 2013) Submission from Peter Athanasopoulos, Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (LS.New.LS26.1.25)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.26)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Larry Labovitch (LS.New.LS26.1.27)
(January 23, 2014) E-mail from Jim Hall (LS.New.LS26.1.28)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Ikram Freed (LS.New.LS26.1.29)
(January 23, 2014) Submission from Michael Milkovich (LS.New.LS26.1.31)

Speakers

Blair Williams
Francine Frimeth
Marco Ferrara, Universal Motion
Joshua Dvorkin, SCIO
Jafar Mirsalari
Gerald Parker, Institute of Canadian Justice
Peter Athanasopoulos, SCI Ontario
Robert Boyd
Gail Souter, President, Beck Taxi Ltd.
Ian Brown
Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager, Beck Taxi
Nancy Souter
Steve Styles
Milena D'Amico
Sam Moini
Allen Tobe
Aamir Saleem
Phyllis Johnston
Joel Barr
Peter Mandronis, Peter's Taxi Ltd.
Avtar Singh Sekhon
Bozlul Kabir
Sahr Wali
Peter McSherry
Jim Bell, Diamond Taxi Dispatch Service Ltd.
Asafo Addai
Robbie Montgomery
Dan Hisson
Lauretta McDowall, Toronto Taxi Alliance
Peter Zahakos, Zaks Taxi Limited
Jozsef Takacs, Liberty Taxi Ltd.
Manjit Johal, 1025634 Ontario Inc.
Serge Singh
Majeed Shidfar
Jahangir Sartaj
Ali Chodery, Itaxi Workers Association
Hossein Khalili
Vasilios Chantzis
Stephen Hozack
Sajid Mughal, President, iTaxi Workers Association
Frank Valvano
Ernie Grzincic
Larry Labovitch
Merajuddin Kandahari
Eva Aroosi
Javidwali Wali
Aldo Marchese
Abdul Marun Ahadi
Zulfiqar Ali
Nazim Habibur Rahman
Judi Barr
David Paul
George Rodda
Wossen Million
Dean Sandhu
Ikram Freed (Submission Filed)
Dinesh Malik
Stamati (Steve) Anemi
Dimitri Paras
Nicholas Tatsis
Yitbarek Gebremariam
Hillel Gudes
Bill Kennedy
Laura Tracey
Davinder Chopra
Hossein Rashidi
May Lui, Executive Director, itaxiworkers Association
Andy Reti
Roxana Jakubowksa on behalf of Andrzej Jablonski
Brian Skleryk
Krishna Pillai
Khalid Malik
Mike Tranquada, President, Independent Toronto Taxi Inc.
Bashir Husen
Anil Aery
Jahid Chowdhury, President, Bangladeshi Taxi Drivers Association
Sikandar Kashmiri
Patricia Kierans
John Nunziata
Abu Turab
Hubert Owen Leach
Dave Harry
Mohammed Mohammadkhani
Wilma Walsh
Parminder Singh
Catherine Sokoloff-Monserie
Mohammed Mirza
Andrew Whiteley, Scarboro City Cab
Haile M. Okbe
Guruinderjit Kang
Muhammad Sheikh
Zia Younas
Bekele Melese
Amair Shahzed
Zulfiqar Khan
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1a - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Carried)

That:

 

1.         Public presentations be limited to 3 minutes.

 

2.         Persons with young children present and persons with disabilities be permitted to speak first. 

 

3.         Questions of speakers by Members of Council (including Licensing and Standards Committee members) be limited to 2 minutes, with only one round of questions per Councillor.

 

4.         Questions of staff and Committee debate begin once public presentations are complete.


1b - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Lost)

That:

 

1.         The Committee only hear from deputants who pre-registered with the City Clerk’s Office by noon on January 22, 2014.


2 - Motion to Waive the Rules moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Licensing and Standards Committee recess for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and reconvene at 1:00 p.m.


3 - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Committee recess at 6:00 p.m. and reconvene at 6:30 p.m.


4 - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That the Committee restrict the speakers list to those who are present in the Chamber.


5 - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the speakers list be closed after the Committee hears from Mr. Zulfiqar Khan.


6a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Lost)

That Recommendation 12 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards be amended to replace the date "June 1, 2015" with "August 1, 2014".


6b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Redundant)

That the Licensing and Standards Committee recommend to City Council that Recommendations 1 to 11 and 13 to 40 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be adopted.


7a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ron Moeser (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be requested to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the possibility of exempting taxicab owners from their driving requirements of accessible taxicabs for reasons of advanced age or disability.


7b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ron Moeser (Carried)

That Recommendation 29 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended to include as part of the evaluation, the impact of using fire hydrants as cabstands on the new rush hour regulations on main streets.


8a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That:

 

1.         The Licensing and Standards Committee refer recommendations 1 to 11 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in conjunction with the Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, and in consultation with the Disability Issues Committee, for a further report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in February, 2015.


8b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Province in discussions regarding amending the City of Toronto Act to allow the City to issue new taxi licenses at a price above cost recovery.


8c - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That Recommendation 35 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended by replacing the date "January 1, 2016" with "January 1, 2015".


8d - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

 That Recommendation 36 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended by replacing the date "January 1, 2016" with "January 1, 2015". 

 


8e - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That Recommendation 15 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended to additionally:

 

1.         require that all taxicab vehicles be transitioned to alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles at the scheduled time of replacement vehicle (as originally envisioned in Executive Commitee Item EX10.3, Part 8e, adopted by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007) and that the Approved Vehicle List be restricted to only include alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles; and

 

2.         exempt Accessible vehicles from the preceding requirement until such time as alternative fuel and/or hybrid accessible vehicles are available in the Canadian market and approved and added to the City's Approved Vehicle List.

 

so that Recommendation 15 now reads as follows:

 

15.       City Council amend the vehicle regulations in the by-law to:

 

a.         allow all approved alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles an extension from five (5) to seven (7) model years;

 

b.         require that all taxicab vehicles be transitioned to alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles at the scheduled time of replacement vehicle (as originally envisioned Executive Committee Item EX10.3, Part 8e, considered by City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007) and that the Approved Vehicle List be restricted to only include alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles; and

 

c.         exempt Accessible vehicles from 15 b above until such time as alternative fuel and/or hybrid accessible vehicles are available in the Canadian market and approved and added to the City's Approved Vehicle List.


9a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That Recommendation 11 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended to read:

 

"11.      City Council authorize the issuance of up to 290 new Accessible Licences for the provision of metered on-demand wheelchair accessible taxicab service as required, to advance the Accessible Taxicab Strategy, commencing July 1, 2014, and that:

 

a.         the definition of Accessible Taxicab be modified to remove the word "exclusively" as found in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545-Licensing, Section 130, to permit all Accessible taxicabs to operate as dual purpose;

 

b.         Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 - Licensing, Section 132M(1)d, be modified to remove the requirement that the licensee provide proof of provision of service, to read that they provide proof of affiliation with a brokerage; and

 

c.         licenses be issued to drivers on the waiting list."


9b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That Recommendation 13 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be amended to read:

 

"13.      City Council direct the modification of the Ambassador Taxicab License by permitting a second shift, and to amend the owner's minimum hours from 36 hours per week to 156 hours per month to enable operational flexibility, effective July 1, 2014."

 


9c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City's Disability Issues Committee, to undertake a review in 2 years on the success of the accessible cab initiative and to bring further recommendations to Council, if necessary, to ensure that the City achieves its goal of service equivalency regarding the disabled community.


10 - Motion to Reconsider Item moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Licensing and Standards Committee reconsider the item to permit Councillor De Baeremaeker to amend Motion 8a.


11 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That Motion 8a by Councillor De Baeremaeker be amended by deleting "1-11" and replacing it with "1-10", so that the Motion now reads:

 

"The Licensing and Standards Committee refer recommendations 1 to 10 in the report (January 8, 2014) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, in conjunction with the Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, and in consultation with the Disability Issues Committee, for a further report back to the Licensing and Standards Committee in February, 2015."


12 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)
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