Taxi Modernization – Short Term Actions

Implementation

The PT Board is implementing three short-term actions for taxi modernization.  These actions are being implemented pursuant to the Board's Operational Policy: Modernizing Taxi Regulation, 2018:

  • Increase Taxi Plates: A streamlined process gives taxi licensees an opportunity to apply to expand their fleets by up to 15%.  [Use Streamlined Application Package]
  • Improve Taxi Availability at Shift Change: The Board will allow taxi licensees to increase their fleet size to operate single shift paired vehicles i.e. 2 vehicles that are paired to operate 24/7, rather than a single vehicle operating 24/7.  [Use Streamlined Application Package]
  • Enable Taxi Rate Competitiveness: The PT Board will give licensees the option to reduce taxi fares for app-hailed trips at off-peak hours. The current implementation date is September 2019.

The Board is continuing work on smart phone app and data requirements.

Applications

Taxi licensees have until October 19, 2018, to submit a streamlined taxi modernization application. These applications are published Wednesday afternoons in the Weekly Bulletin and consolidated on the Applications for Taxi Modernization webpage.

Background

The Passenger Transportation (PT) Board decided at its June 2018 Board meeting that it supported in general the recommendations in the Modernizing Taxi Regulation   report by Hara and Associations.  The three short-term action items recommended by Dr. Dan Hara that fall under the PT Board's purview are:

  • Allowing existing licensees a one-time opportunity to increase their number of taxi vehicles (plates) by up to 15% in the near term;
  • Giving the industry the flexibility to lower fares below meter rates in off-peak hours for app-hailed taxi trips; and
  • Increasing efficiencies at shift change through separate day and night vehicles.

Before making final decisions on these actions, the PT  Board wanted to hear from the taxi industry and affected stakeholders.  From July – September, 2018, the Board undertook consultations with stakeholders.  On September 12, 2018, the Board issued its report on consultations and approved the recommendation in the report. (see link below).

Reports

Advisories