Amendments to the Vehicle-for-Hire By-law will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The updated By-law includes the creation of an Accessibility Fund Program, data requirements, mandatory training for all drivers and improvements in the licensing and enforcement of vehicle-for-hire.

The City does not issue Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s licences directly to individuals. You will need to apply through a PTC for a licence prior to driving for a PTC.

  • If you have a taxicab or limousine driver’s licence (Vehicle-for-hire driver’s licence), you will be required to be licensed as a PTC driver to operate with a PTC.
  • The PTC will apply for a PTC driver’s licence on your behalf. Information such as a criminal reference check and driver’s record will be shared with the City for review prior to issuing a PTC driver’s licence.

Your PTC will contact you directly regarding your application and licence.

You must also contact your PTC directly if you have questions about your application or any changes to your existing licence, such as contact information, vehicle change, licence cancellation, etc.

No.  A separate licence is required for every PTC you are driving for.

  • PTC vehicles are required to undergo a City-approved inspection and obtain a Safety Standards Certificate.
  • Vehicles are required to have either snow tires or all-weather (not all-season) tires from December 1 to April 30 of the following year.
  • A PTC identifier must be displayed in the rear window of your vehicle. Your PTC will provide you with your approved PTC identifier.

Private Transportation Companies (PTC), such as Uber, are responsible for submitting valid Safety Standard Certificates to ML&S on behalf of PTC drivers. 

Additional requirements:

1. If a vehicle is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC twice a year, once every six months.

2. If a vehicle is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, a PTC must submit an SSC once a year.

3. Valid SSCs cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office. A SSC may be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date.

4. All Safety Standards Certifications (hard copy) are to be kept in vehicle and produced upon request.

What happens if a Safety Standards Certificate is not submitted?

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546-15 (C) gives ML&S the authority to suspend the licence of a vehicle if a SSC is not provided within seven days of the “Next Submission Date” when an inspection has been required.

The PTC company is responsible for submitting the following fees annually to the City on behalf of its drivers:

  • $15 per driver
  • $0.30 per trip

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 convicted 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 convicted of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years

c) Been convicted 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 convicted 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 convicted 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 convicted of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years

g) Been convicted of five or more offences under Chapter 545 or 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 convicted 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 convicted 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.