(See Item 6.1)
Note: The following motion is to be considered at this meeting pursuant to Recommendation CW145-2022, passed by the Committee of Council on March 30, 2022:
Whereas the pandemic has affected every industry in various ways, and the government at all levels have done their best to assist the citizens from economical damage;
Whereas The City of Brampton has made certain By-Law modifications to help minimize the affects of the pandemic on our Taxi industry;
Whereas there is still an emergency in effect as many businesses are closed and will never re-open and open businesses are really only half open, and people are not working with full confidence;
Whereas with the increase of expenses such as high insurance and gas, drivers are fearful of coming into the Taxi industry;
Whereas the Taxi industry has maintained over the last 10 years the same prices, and are in favour of keeping the same prices at this time;
Whereas Taxi industry customers include senior citizens and children needing transportation to schools and other extra curricular activities and unfortunately they are not able use all the facilities due to the pandemic; and
Whereas over 120 Taxi plates are sitting on the shelves at the City of Brampton with some being from members of this committee;
Therefore Be It Resolved:
1. That Mobile Licensing By-law 67-2014, as amended, be further amended as outlined below, to further assist the Taxi industry:
a. Remove the requirement that pertains to the by-law that mandates a taxi plate owner must also have a taxi drivers licence even if he/she is not going to be a taxi driver.
b. Renew the conditional taxi plate licences as long as the conditional taxi plate fees are paid yearly and no time restrictions and expiry be imposed.
c. Remove the requirement of a job letter to renew the name on the priority list, and the individual on the priority list does not need to be driving or be a driver.
d. Remove the requirement that pertains to the by-law that requires a vehicle to be registered at the time of transfer of a full or conditional taxi plate license; and
2. That Enforcement and By-law Services staff be requested to provide educational seminars to help the Taxi industry understand the existing by-laws, as well as new by-laws or changes in an existing by-law, and educate the industry on how to get better insurance rates similar to ride share companies.