Recommendation: That the following actions
be taken with respect to the proposed by-law amendments to By-law L-129-51,
attached proposed by-law to amend By-law L-129-51, Taxi/Limousine
By-law BE INTRODUCED at the Municipal Council meeting on June 26,
2012; it being noted that the by-law amendment addresses typographical errors
and provides for an extension to the compliance date for camera
additional concerns brought forward at the Public Participation Meeting with
respect to this matter BE REFERRED to Civic Administration for consideration;
it being noted that
the Public Safety Committee heard a presentation from the Manager of
Licensing and Municipal Law Enforcement Services, with respect to
it being pointed
out that at the public participation meeting associated with this matter, the
following individuals made an oral submission in connection therewith;
R. Donnelly, Vice President, Aboutown, 1 Bathurst Street – providing comments
as outlined in the attached submission.
Donnelly, Sr., Aboutown, 1 Bathurst Street – providing comments as outlined
in the attached submission.
Veer Saini – providing comments as outlined in the attached submission.
Hammoud – providing comments as outlined in the attached submission.
Howell, London Taxi Association – expressing opposition to the installation
of cameras as no convictions have resulted from this action; noting that the
requirement to submit information regarding fares is an invasion of privacy,
and the limitation on the number of hours is unrealistic; noting he has met
with O. Katolyk to discuss these items and has indicated that if the by-law
could be reviewed, they would be willing to withdraw the court challenge and
is looking for some guidance from the committee.
Hassan, Yellow London Taxi – indicating he has been in this profession for 16
years and expressing concerns with the by-law review, its transparency,
accountability, consultation expenses, and noting not enough information was
gathered from the industry itself and that the by-law is a discriminatory one.
Amini, President, London Taxi Association – indicating that the industry
concerns and issues are not being heard and that penalties for 6 demerit points,
in 3 years is unrealistic and that there are too many restrictions.
Riley – expressing concern with the disclosure of income and the hours of
work suggesting 14 hours on and 10 off is preferable; indicating that this
industry is dangerous and hard to make a living; noting hope that council
will listen to their concerns and use common sense when considering
amendments and noting the by-law directly affects the drivers.
Sava, Driver – indicating this is a tough by-law and the industry is has many
challenges including public aggravation; noting large expenses make it hard
to make a living and stating that the alternative for these drivers could be
to stop driving and go on welfare.
McCann – requesting that staff listen to the drivers and owners.
Rahi – stating that expenses in the industry are large, close to
$3,500/month; and noting it requires a lot of hard work to make a living.
Bahsa – indicating that there is abuse of the law, as vehicle for hire licence
numbers don’t match.
Al Fuady – stating he sees enemies, not assistance from the City and asking
for reconsideration of the by-law.
Mohammed, Driver – indicating he has been a driver for 10 years and that this
by-law is the only business by-law; suggesting it is not practical or acceptable,
and requesting a review; expressing concern with having to report all tickets
and accidents and suggesting that 6 demerit points is too low, advising that
most drivers are highly educated.
Hassin – indicating the City should have a law professor and City legal
review the by-law.
- indicating he has been a driver for 8 years and expressing concern with demerit
points resulting in the loss of employment; stating this is the worst by-law
he has ever seen and targets immigrants and minorities that have come to
Canada to be safe; stating the industry employs well-educated immigrants not
able to find employment in their chosen occupation; and requesting that the
by-law be reconsidered with thought for the families affected indicating no
one gives these employees a chance and they are doing the dirtiest jobs.
Bander - advising he is an Owner/Operator; stating that it would be more
beneficial to the drivers to let the City take ownership of all the plates,
cars, insurance, and employ the drivers at a minimum wage of $5.00 to $7.00; stating
that he cannot afford the cost to replace vehicles to meet the standards, that
the system in Canada is not working and noting the drivers are the sole
provider for their families.
Saler - indicating he is a driver and sharing a story about his young son who
thinks City Hall hates his father.
Nazargahi – indicating that he was an Engineering student at UWO who returned
to Canada to reside to make a better life for his family; advising that the
by-law is not logical and does not help the industry; stating that the
industry assists with community safety by taking home people unfit to drive
and reporting criminal activity.
Ashakassate – advising that there was no consultation with the industry when
the by-law was being written.
Ali – requesting the by-law be rewritten with consultation from the