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2014-06-17 at 16:51

New taxi bylaw could be ready in few months: McKinnon

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY - The new framework to govern the city’s taxicab industry might come together by the end of the summer.

Coun. Brian McKinnon, who is chairing a committee looking at various taxi-related issues, said they will look at creating a new bylaw within the next few months.

Earlier this year city council approved shifting the responsibility for overseeing the industry from the police services board to the city. That means the bylaw will have to be completely overhauled.

“We can’t make any decisions until we actually have a new bylaw,” McKinnon said after providing a verbal update to the police services board on Tuesday.

“We have to get that step done initially and then we can start making some specific decisions with our partners.”

McKinnon said they will start by examining close to half a dozen different examples from other municipalities to determine how to draft the new one.

One change that he says is “definitely on the table” is creating a single dispatch system that would service all of the companies.
Once a new bylaw is drafted it would have to be approved by city council.

Thunder Bay is one of the last municipalities in Ontario to put the responsibility for supervising the taxi industry on the city.


 

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chbaker says:
This is a really good idea to be thinking about.

Right now, as it stands in town one CANNOT get a taxi in a reasonable amount of time on the weekend nights.
That alone really encourages drunk driving.

Combine that with the price of a cab in town, and you really have a recipe for driving impaired.

I think a good idea would be to allow for private companies to spring up and COMPETE.
That would instantly create more reasonable and average prices, as opposed to the gouge we get now.

Also, make them have newer cars. All those beat up roaches and diamond taxis are an embarrassment to our city.

The whole "exclusive ownership" of taxis in town is a big huge fail, except for those in the little club

Help prevent drinking and driving letting US buy a taxi and make some of that sweet sweet money too.
6/17/2014 5:42:38 PM
Mrbusinessman says:
Are they going to adjust the fares to rates that are more reasonable and in line with other Canadian cities?
Right now Thunder Bay cab rates are way above other cities.
6/17/2014 6:01:28 PM
dynamiter says:
Had a recent ride in one of our nice taxi's - what an eye opener. I would rather ride in the back of a farm wagon. A pig sty smelling of stale smoke driven by somebody that looks that they just came off of a three week bender. That is sure a nice way to greet visitors to Thunder Bay even if it is just a short ride from the Airport to the Valhalla. What are you going to do about that Brian. Maybe if there were less rules and restrictions there might be some competition in the system. Just maybe potential Taxi companies who have nice vehicles and who hire properly appointed and attired drivers might get a chance to get into the market. Instead we ( city of thunder bay) are operating this business like a communist country.
6/17/2014 6:08:35 PM
zachm1 says:
I would really like to see Coun. Brian McKinnon get behind the wheel of a cab for a year of night shifts. Then and maybe then, he might have a slight clue as to what happens in the taxi business and can then make some sort of opinion as to how taxis should be governed. McKinnon, you are so clued out. You did not even know that every cab driver has to write a test and be licenced. And where does he get off thinking that he can form a central dispatch system to control private enterprise. I have been in this business since 1978 and it seems to be running quite well, thank you. People who call for a cab have a responsability as well. Like not take any cab that shows up when you know you called a specific company. Cabs are not fighter jets. We drive on the same roads that everyone else uses. Don't expect a cab in two minutes at five PM. Not going to happen. McKinnon, keep your nose out of places that you have not a clue.
6/17/2014 6:28:45 PM
SomeGuy says:
How would a single dispatch system work? I call a Cab and I get a random one showing up?

Can this new By-Law please address the cost of the cabs also. They are extremely high. From my house to the Airport costs upwards of $30 and it's no more than a 8 minute drive.

Also can we although these cabs to innovate a bit? Maybe allow them to use systems similar to Uber or Lyft.
6/18/2014 7:52:05 AM
Curious says:
So,etching needs to be done for sure! I was taking someone from the hospital to Walsh and Edward and we were stuck in traffic. The cost was $34.50!! What a rip off! If he expected a tip - when He'll freezes over. The last time I took that same route was $ 24.90. Still a rip off especially for such a short distance.
6/18/2014 9:06:15 AM
tbaybuddha says:
Hopefully some good will come from this by-law. It shouldn't cost me $80 to take a taxi from the airport to Hodder Avenue via the Expressway. Nor should it cost $56 from Grandview Mall to Confederation College via River Street >Junot Avenue >Golflinks Road.

Gives literal meaning to the term 'Highway Robbery'.
6/18/2014 11:04:18 AM
westfortforever says:
It is too bad the people on the board that have approved every rate increase have good jobs and don't care about cost of a cab ride. The cab driver in Winnipeg could not believe the price we pay here for a ride.
6/18/2014 2:23:06 PM
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