Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Review
The Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546) provides regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs), such as Lyft and Uber.
On July 18, 2019, Toronto City Council adopted amendments to the bylaw to improve the safety and accessibility of these vehicles. The new amendments come into effect on January 1, 2020. The new requirements:
- increase the current minimum years of driving experience from one year to three years
- make it mandatory for all drivers to take a third-party training program approved by the City
- require all drivers to affix “Watch for Bike” notices to their vehicles. PTCs will also be required to push notifications to passengers that instruct them to look for cyclists before exiting a vehicle
- mandate drivers to securely mount all handheld devices to their vehicle
- require drivers to display notices if a camera is being used to record passengers
- introduce an Accessibility Fund Program to help offset the higher cost of providing wheelchair accessible service, funded through a regulatory charge on members of the industry that do not provide this service
The full list of amendments are included in GL6.31 Review of the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-for-Hire.
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 City hosted two rounds of public consultations in September to October 2018 and March 2019. Feedback from the public consultations meetings can be found in the 2018 and 2019 City of Toronto Vehicle-for-Hire Review – Public Consultation Summary.
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 a Transportation Impact Study (Appendices) and an Economic Impact Analysis.