Convicted cabbies still driving on city streets
A scathing indictment of how the city of Toronto deals with taxi cab drivers, especially cabbies who break the law.
It seems the city has an honour system for convicted cabbies to report their crimes and the city only checks a driver's criminal and driving record every four years.
The information has been unearthed by a Toronto Star investigation.
It states that there are 255 cabbies who were charged with various offences in the past five years, but are still collecting fares because of a plea bargain made at a civilian appeals tribunal.
Some of the convictions they have faced include stunt racing, failing to stop for a school bus, failing to remain, drunk driving and even assault. Only 53 taxi drivers were denied their taxi license within that time span.
Cab drivers are expected to report any of their own criminal or highway traffic convictions, meaning that the city is using an honour system. The investigation also found that the city checks a cab driver's criminal and driving record only once every 4 years.
In order to get access to the documents from tribunal hearings, The Star had to make several requests and spent over $1,000 in copies because the city wouldn't allow them to be along with the public documents. After all that, the records they received were still incomplete.