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     Taxi fare reduction, new Uber bylaws proposed in Toronto city staff report

September 9, 2015
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Toronto city staff released a report on taxi industry reforms, including a recommendation to drop flat fares for traditional cabs from 4.25 to 3.25. This is part of an agreement in July, when city council voted in favour of reviewing the rules on ground transportation, and looking for ways to put taxis on a level playing field with the Uber ride-sharing service. Another recommendation by city staff is to put Uber in a new licensing category that requires liability insurance, annual permit fees and consent for background checks. Mayor John Tory expressed his support for the proposals. However, there is some opposition from the taxi industry. Co-Op Cabs spokesperson Alex Pierson says the recommendations would still give Uber an unfair advantage. Uber had issued a statement, saying they welcome the report, and they are committed to working with the city to create effective regulation. (Image source: CP24)

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