New LTA Hotline

If you received a ticket from Project Dashboard, please call our new hotline (519)913-1112.  Make sure you say your name and phone number clearly and one of the board members will contact you to get details.  We can help.

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Taxi Association Meeting Sunday Sept 23

ALL DRIVERS AND OWNERS PLEASE ATTEND
Last Chance to question our Lawyer before Court
Sunday, September 23, 2012 AT 3:00 PM SHARP
German Club Cove Road

This meeting is to inform you on issues with the bylaws, our court action and upcoming City Hall business.

We invited Orest Katolyk to speak at our meeting but he declined our invitation.

Our Lawyer Paul Morrissey will be attending to answer any questions you may have for our pending court action.

Our Court Date for October 26 is set and we are still open to negotiate a settlement.

Our fund-raising drive for September and October is under way. We will be asking plate
owners for $200.00 again and drivers for $25.00

The NEW bylaws are in effect and we urge all drivers to make sure trip sheets, maintenance records and other paperwork are up to date. The City Inspectors and Police have been giving no leeway on this matter and have been issuing tickets.

The website has been updated to include a list of Board Members and phone numbers. If you have questions please feel free to contact them.

All three brokers have met and will deliver a letter to City Hall opposing the changes and
backing the London Taxi Association on Driver and Owner issues.

The London Taxi Association is now incorporated with our own tax license. You can use
your receipts for tax purposes.

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H & S in London

H & S Insurance Brokers will be in London September 19 at 9am to renew and issue new insurance policies.
H & S will be at the Ramada inn.

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General Meeting July 22, 2012

GENERAL MEETING
All Drivers and Owners Please Attend
Sunday, July 22, 2010 AT 3:00 PM SHARP
German Club Cove Road

The LTA filed two actions in June, the first was to get a date to argue to quash the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw, set for October 26, 2012. The second action was to file an injunction to stop the new bylaw from taking effect
July1, 2012.

Unfortunately, the LTA was unsuccessful in its bid for an injunction due to our inability to show that we would experience more harm than we are already experiencing. We did receive several favorable decisions from the judge. Justice H. A. Rady says “I am persuaded that here is a serious issue to be tried” and secondly the LTA has standing to argue the action on October 26 on behalf of all drivers and owners.

* We will be voting on several issues regarding the court action, including on whether to continue to proceed on October 26, protest actions.

* We will be voting on several issues regarding limousines, including allowing limo owners to participate in our action where there is common grounds.

* We will have a report on the financial status of the association and the results of our fund-raising efforts.

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London Taxi Association Unsuccessful in injuncting the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw.

The London Taxi Association was unsuccessful in its bid to hold the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw from being implemented July 1, 2012. We are studying the decision and discussing the results with our legal council.

We will still be proceeding with the motion to quash the new bylaw on October 26, 2012.

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London Taxi association has filed for an injunction to hold the new bylaw from starting July 1, 2012

The London Taxi Association has gone to court to file an injunction to prevent the new bylaw from starting July 1, 2012. M. Paul Morrissey from Siskinds argued in court today June 27, 2012 to stop the City of London from implementing the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw. The London Taxi Association is arguing to hold the implementation until the arguments to quash the new bylaw can be heard on October 26, 2012.
We will hear by Friday June 29, 2012 if we have been successful with our arguments.

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The London Taxi Association has filed to quash the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw

The London Taxi Association has filed to quash the new Taxi and Limousine bylaw. The date to hear legal arguments has been set as October 26,2012

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The London Taxi Association decides to fight City Hall

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.

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The City of London has published the new Taxi and Limousine By-Law Effective July 1, 2012

The new City of London Taxi and Limousine By-Law (Effective July 1, 2012) has been publishedLTA’s copy here

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Proposed Taxi and Limousine Bylaw available

Click here to download the pdf from the City of London website.  The summary and bylaw is contained on pages 241-315.  Comments from the Taxi Association will follow in the next post.

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