Application Requirements for Business, Trades and Professions

Vehicle-for-Hire

The Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw, in effect since July 15, 2016 substantially changes the city's approach to regulation within the ground transportation industry.

By creating the new Private Transportation Company (PTC) licensing category, companies such as Uber will be permitted to operate in Toronto, with regulation.

The new Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw:

  • regulates taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs)
  • focuses on public safety and consumer protection
  • ensures accessible vehicle-for-hire services
  • allows for increased competition and innovation


Applicable legislation:

Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicle-for-Hire

Vehicle-for-Hire News and Updates

ExpandVehicle-for-hire Drivers - Accessible Endorsements

The City is developing a long-term Accessibility Strategy which includes accessible driver training and refresher programs.

In response to industry requests, criteria has been developed to recognize training programs delivered through providers (educational institutions, municipal organizations, public or non-profit training organizations and licensed taxi brokerages) for Accessible Endorsements on VfH licences.

More info:

Contact Emilio Leonardis at 416-396-5476 or Emilio.Leonardis@toronto.ca

ExpandInformation for Passengers

On May 3, 2016, City Council made a series of decisions related to taxicab, limousine and Private Transportation Company (PTC) regulations.

The Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw in effect since July 15, 2016 substantially changes the city's approach to regulation within the ground transportation industry.

By creating the new Private Transportation Company (PTC) licensing category, companies such as Uber will be permitted to operate in Toronto, with regulation.

More Choice

We heard you. When developing these new regulations, we learned that the majority of Toronto residents feel that having both taxicabs and Private Transportation Companies (such as Uber) provides choice and creates a competitive marketplace.

Passenger safety and consumer protection

Torontonians expect the City to provide rules to protect passenger safety.

All taxicab, limousine and PTC drivers must meet the City's standards for criminal background and driving history checks

All taxicab, limousine and PTC vehicles will be required to meet the City's standards for vehicle inspections and carry Automobile Liability Insurance with a minimum of $2 million coverage.  

Fares

If you are hailing a taxicab from the street, or being picked up at a taxicab stand, the taxicab must charge the city-regulated rate.

If you book a taxicab through a brokerage, the taxicab brokerage can provide a discounted rate.

Taxicab brokerages and Private Transportation Companies are permitted to set rates (surge price), only if the ride is booked through an app. You must agree to accept the price prior to starting the trip, and the company must provide a detailed receipt.

Accessible Vehicle-for-Hire Service

We are working towards equitable accessible vehicle-for-hire service – 12% of Toronto's taxicabs are accessible. Private Transportation Companies with more than 500 vehicles will be mandated to deliver accessible service in a comparable timeframe and at the same price as non-accessible service.  The City is continuing to develop a long-term accessible strategy, which has included waiving licence fees for accessible taxicabs.

 

ExpandVehicle Inspections

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 and 546, require all tow truck, driving schools, taxicabs, limousines and private transportation company (e.g. Uber) vehicles to pass mechanical inspections as a condition of licensing. 

Information on new vehicle inspection rules can be found here:

www.toronto.ca/vehicleinspections

Vehicle For Hire Licensing Categories

Limousines

Learn about limousines and how to apply for a limousine owner or driver's licence.

Taxicabs

Learn about taxicabs and how to apply for a taxicab brokerage, owner or driver's licence.

Information For All Vehicle-for-Hire Categories

ExpandScreening Criteria for Vehicle-for-Hire Non-Drivers and PTCs

Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw

Screening Criteria for Taxicab Owners, Taxicab Brokers, Taxicab Operators,
Limousine Owners, Limousine Service Companies and PTCs

ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal of, a taxicab owner, taxicab broker, taxicab operator, limousine owner, limousine service company and PTC licence, where the applicant (or if the applicant is a corporation or partnership, any officers, directors or partners) has:

a)      Been found guilty at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code;

 

b)      Been found guilty of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years;

 

c)      Been found guilty of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections  in the preceding five years:

                             i.            84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons); 

                            ii.            264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person);

                            iii.            321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property);

                            iv.            379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency);

                              v.            462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime).

 

d)     Been found guilty at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:

                              i.            83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism);

                             ii.            219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person);

                            iii.            267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults).

 

e)      Been found guilty of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:

                                i.            5 (Trafficking);

                              ii.            6 (Importing and exporting);

                            iii.            7 (Production);

                            iv.            7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking).

 

f)       Been found guilty of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years;

 

g)      Been found guilty of five or more offences under this Chapter 545 of 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years;

 

h)      Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid.

 

Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant's or licensee's record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

 

These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada. 

Updated September 19th, 2016

ExpandScreening Criteria for Vehicle-for-Hire Drivers and PTC Drivers

Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw

Screening Criteria for Vehicle-for-Hire Drivers and PTC Drivers

 

ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal of a vehicle-for-hire driver and PTC driver licence, and no PTC shall allow a person to act as a PTC Driver where the licensee or applicant has:

 

a)      Been found guilty at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code;

 

b)      Been found guilty of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years;

 

c)      Been found guilty of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections  in the preceding five years:

                                i.            84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons); 

                              ii.            264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person);

                            iii.            321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property);

                            iv.            379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency);

                              v.            462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime).

 

d)     Been found guilty at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:

                               i.            83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism);

                              ii.            219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person);

                              iii.            267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults).

 

e)      Been found guilty of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:

                               i.            5 (Trafficking);

                              ii.            6 (Importing and exporting);

                             iii.            7 (Production);

                             iv.            7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking).

 

f)       Been found guilty of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years;

 

g)      Been found guilty of five or more offences under this Chapter 545 of 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years;

 

h)      Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid.

 

i)        Been found guilty of any offence under sections 249, 252, or 253 of the Criminal Code (Motor Vehicles, Vessels, and Aircraft) in the preceding five years;

 

j)        Accumulated nine or more demerit points on his or her driving record abstract at the time the application for a licence or renewal is made;

 

k)      Been found guilty of any of the following offences under the Highway Traffic Act in the preceding five years:

                            i.            Careless driving;

                            ii.            Racing or stunt driving;

                            iii.            Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hour or more;

                            iv.            Failing to stop for a school bus or when signaled or asked by a police officer;

                            v.            Failing to remain at the scene of a collision;

                            vi.            Driving while licence suspended.

 

Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant's or licensee's record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

 

These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada. 

Updated September 19th, 2016