The LTA believes that the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw as discriminatory and has retained Siskinds The Law Firm as legal council.
The London Taxi Association has many issues with the new bylaw, many of which are discriminatory towards Taxicabs.
The City has decided to remove the requirement for a 15% difference in pricing between Taxicabs and Limousines. This was removed even though a study by city staff showed that limousines were receiving a competitive advantage by charging less than the required 15% difference.
City staff had recommended preventing Limousines from accepting hails from the street. This would make London the same as every other city in North America.
The requirements needed to own and operate a Limousine are less than that of a Taxicab. As well, there is no limit on the number of Limousines. The lack of a limit on the number of Limousines has diluted the business throughout the whole Taxi and Limousine business. Fifteen years ago, the potential fare pool was divided up between a combined total of less than 375 Taxicabs and Limousines, today the total number Taxicabs and Limousines has grown to over 500. Only 9 accessible taxicab plates have been issued in that time frame, the rest being unrestricted limousine plates.
We have begun the process to file an injunction to stop the new bylaw from coming into effect as of July 1, 2012. Our Lawyers Paula Lombardi and Paul Morrissey are working to defend both taxicab drivers and owners. The legal bill to fight the city will be approximately $45,000.
To date we have raised over $11000.00 towards to fund our legal expenses.