JOHN DOWNS

Toronto's taxi industry is Uber messed

Posted By: John Downs · 11/20/2014 4:09:00 PM

More than 10 years ago, I rode in a Toronto cab with the city councillor who then oversaw the taxi industry. When Howard Moscoe noticed the photo on the cab permit didn't match the man behind the wheel, he told the driver to pull over. After taking the man's information and issuing a stern scolding, we exited the car. People driving taxis they were not licensed to drive was among the biggest problems in the industry, Moscoe told me. 

I'm willing to bet that in 2014, you'd still have no problem finding an unlicensed taxi driver in Toronto. 

Which is why the argument that Uber's presence on our streets represents a serious safety concern is laughable.

Toronto's taxi industry has been long plagued by a history of licensing disorganization and lax enforcement. The public still has little knowledge of what role the Diamonds and Becks play in overseeing and dispatching ...

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