Over the past few years, ground transportation has changed dramatically in Toronto and worldwide, and our regulatory framework has to change with it. The change has been driven by the public’s embrace of technology, expectation of choice, and the nature of “on-demand” convenience and service.
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 Private Transportation Company (PTC) licensing category, companies such as Uber will be permitted to operate in Toronto, with regulation.
The 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
Staff will report back to Council within the year with updates on implementation and outcomes.