November 18, 2014
Good morning everyone,
On behalf of Orest:
Recently the City of London participated in a national conference call regarding vehicle-for-hire online apps which are being used in various forms across municipalities globally. At least a dozen municipalities participated in this conference call including Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. We were advised about a national marketing scheme to advise the public of some of the dangers of these taxi apps. A website titled www.taxitruths.ca has been established as well as the presence of full-page ads in the Globe and Mail.
As the London taxi industry knows, the City of London has introduced a number of regulations in an effort to focus on safety and consumer protection with respect to the vehicle-for-hire services in the city. The city will continue to use a zero tolerance approach in dealing with illegal vehicle-for-hire services operating in London. Should any existing licensed driver be charged with an offence in connection with these illegal apps, recommendations will be made to the Licence Manager for immediate revocation of their taxicab licence.
Please contact the Licensing Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
City of London