TORONTO, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Proposed taxi industry reforms in Toronto
will help fight exploitation and build equity for frontline drivers,
says an association representing hundreds of city taxi drivers.
"After years of struggle by drivers and a long exhaustive process, we
believe this report is a step in the right direction for reforming
Toronto's taxi industry," said Sajid Mughal, President of the
The iTaxiworkers Association supports in principle the reforms proposed
in the city's new report, Toronto's Taxicab Industry Review: Framework for Further Consultation.
In particular, "the new proposed Toronto Taxicab License will reduce
exploitation and build equity for frontline taxi drivers," said Mughal.
The report released last week by the city's Municipal Licensing and
Standards (MLS) department is the result of over three years of
protests, consultations and analysis sparked by the brutal stabbing of
a Toronto taxi driver on Feb. 14, 2010.
The iTaxiworkers Association previously released its own study into the failures and successes of the Toronto taxi industry and
concluded the owner-operator model should be expanded and improved.
The iTaxiworkers also supports in principle the city's intent to address
"on demand" taxi access for the underserviced disabled community.
"Taxi drivers welcome the opportunity to improve and expand the vital
transit service we provide citizens of this city," Mughal said. "We are
happy the report addresses the need for better access for the disabled
and we look forward to discussing ways to achieve the goal of 100%
accessibility by 2050."
"Taxi drivers welcome industry reforms that enhance the quality, safety
and professionalism of their service," Mughal said.
"However, the general optimism taxi workers feel about the city's report
is dampened by some outstanding issues yet to be properly addressed,"
"We all support the goal of serving customers better, but the question
of who is going to be able to afford to buy a wheelchair-accessible
taxi remains unanswered. It could potentially triple the price of the
vehicle that taxi drivers must pay out of their meager earnings."
The iTaxiworkers Association urges the city to clarify that drivers will
not be left holding the bag when it comes to purchasing and/or
retrofitting vehicles to be wheelchair-accessible. The reality is
frontline taxi drivers cannot afford any new input costs that may come
from mandated improvements.
The iTaxiworkers will continue to advocate for Toronto's frontline taxi
drivers throughout the city's consultation process.
"We feel confident that our concerns with some of the recommendations
will be heard in the consultation sessions planned for July 2013," said
iTaxiworkers Submission to City of Toronto 2012 Taxicab Industry Review
SOURCE: iTAXIWORKERS Association
For further information:
Sajid Mughal, iTaxiworkers Association President, (647) 836-2930, firstname.lastname@example.org
May Lui, iTaxiworkers Association Executive Director, (647) 235-6567, email@example.com