The City of Toronto is reviewing the Licensing of Vehicles-for-Hire Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546). The bylaw provides regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs), such as Lyft and Uber.

The review is exploring topics such as accessibility, vehicle equipment and public safety. It will also include the results of a congestion management study and an economic impact study. The report is expected at the General Government and Licensing Committee in June 2019.

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About the Review

The Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw came into effect in July 2016 to establish a set of rules and regulations for taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation companies.

In 2018, the City of Toronto began a post-implementation review of the bylaw. The review will address a number of outstanding directives from Committees and City Council, including:

  • how to proceed with an accessibility strategy
  • results of a congestion management study and an economic impact study
  • recommendations for addressing new and/or outstanding issues, such as training, mandatory equipment and other considerations related to licensing and public safety.

The City hosted the first round of public consultations in September and October 2018. The public consultations are part of the Work Plan for the Review of Chapter 546, Vehicles-for-Hire considered by the Licensing and Standards Committee on June 14, 2018. Feedback from the first round of meetings can be found in the Summary of Vehicle-for-Hire Public Consultations.

The City also hosted a second round of public consultations in March 2019 to present and seek input on developing updates to the bylaw resulting from this work. Feedback from the second round of meetings will be provided as part of the staff report to Committee.

In addition to the meetings, the City also:

  • conducted public opinion research and focus groups
  • sought feedback through an Accessibility Panel comprised of users of accessible service, as well as providers and experts in the field
  • conducted three major studies: an Accessibility Study, a Congestion Management Study, and an Economic Impact Analysis.