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Mississauga Issues 38 New Taxicab Owner Licences

Jun 22, 2017

At this week’s Council meeting, City of Mississauga Council passed a motion to amend Public Vehicle Licensing By-law 420-04 allowing 38 new taxicab plates to be issued as per the recommendations from the Hara Report. The plates will be issued before July 1, 2017.

This is an amendment to the motion passed on March 22, 2017 to approve the 18-month Transportation Network Company (TNC) Licensing Pilot Project that will permit the operation of TNCs in Mississauga. The pilot project will begin on July 1, 2017 and continue until December 31, 2018.

The amendments to By-law 420-04 address or focus on fairness between traditional taxicabs and TNCs by reducing the requirements for taxicabs and their drivers through measures that include:

•  Removal of the requirement for medical certificates
•  Adopting the Coburg Police Service criminal check for TNCs
•  An increase to the number of demerit points to eight
•  Permitting the use of any four-door vehicle that meets the seven year model requirement
•  Suspension of taxicab training including sensitivity training, defensive driving pre-licence courses and periodic retraining
•  Training requirements will become the responsibility of the taxi brokerage or plate owner

Transportation Network Company Licensing Pilot Project

The TNC is required to maintain appropriate insurance for vehicles using their platform. The TNC is also responsible for ensuring that the drivers have approved criminal background checks and driver abstracts and that the vehicles in use comply with the By-law including:

•  A four-door vehicle not older than seven years
•  A TNC identifier
•  A clean vehicle in good repair
•  Working air conditioning and heating
•  Seat belts

Licensed TNCs must supply quarterly confirmation from an independent auditor to confirm the information provided to the City is accurate for the purposes of enforcement. The City of Mississauga will collect a TNC brokerage licensing fee of $20,000 and a TNC vehicle operator licensing fee of 30 cents for each ride originating within Mississauga.

When the pilot project is complete, staff will report back to General Committee with recommendations on existing and future regulations. For more information on the Transportation Network Company Licensing Pilot Project, visit, Transportation Network Company Licensing Pilot Project Backgrounder.
 

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Media Contact:
Keisha McIntosh-Siung
Senior Communications Advisor (A), Transportation and Works
City of Mississauga                                                  
905-615-3200, ext. 5818                                         
Keisha.mcintosh-siung@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151


 






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