NO: IB-2017-1
Issued: March 1, 2017

Vehicle Age (Model Year)

Vehicle replacement timeline

Reference: Chapter 546 of Toronto Municipal Code, Licensing of Vehicles for Hire, § 546-51 (A), § 546-73, and § 546-113(A)(3).

Application

This bulletin applies to requirements to replace taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation company (PTC) vehicles in the City of Toronto due to the age of the vehicle.

Model Years & Vehicle Replacement Requirements

Based on Council direction, there are limits on age of vehicles for hire. This bulletin outlines when vehicles for hire have to be replaced due to the age of the vehicle.

Taxicabs, Sedan Limousines, and PTC Vehicles:

Any vehicle used as a taxicab, sedan limousine, or PTC vehicle must be replaced by March 31 of the year following the vehicle’s seventh model years.

Stretch Limousines:

Any vehicle used as a stretch limousine must be replaced by March 31 of the year following the vehicle’s eighth model year.

Complying with Requirements for Registering a New Vehicle as a Taxicab or Limousine

Information is available on the City’s website regarding the steps that must be taken by an owner replacing his or her taxicab or limousine with a new vehicle. Telephone inquiries may be made by emailing vehicleinspections@toronto.ca, calling (416) 392-6700 or inquiries may be made in person at ML&S’s offices at 850 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto.

How Does this Work?

Identifying Your Vehicle’s Model Year or Year Date (age of vehicle)

The age of your vehicle is identified on your Ontario Motor Vehicle Registration Form on the right side of the document. See the image below.

Deadline to Replace a Vehicle: Examples

Taxicabs, Sedan Limousines, and PTC Vehicles:

A 2010 vehicle used as a taxicab, sedan limousine, or PTC vehicle must be replaced by March 31, 2018.

Stretch Limousines:

A 2010 vehicle used as a stretch limousine must be replaced by March 31, 2019.