Town to change Licensing By-law's taxicab regulations

Thu, 08 Jun 2017

Administrative Services Committee Meeting (ASC)
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms

The Town of Oakville is changing its Licensing By-law 2015-075 with respect to taxicab regulations.

Public consultation was held in 2016 as part of the town’s Taxicab By-law Review and in December 2016, Town Council passed a resolution directing staff to report back in summer 2017 with initial changes to the taxicab by-law that could be implemented quickly to provide fair and balanced treatment of the ride selling market (interim taxi by-law). These recommended changes are going to ASC on June 19. The decision of the ASC will be forwarded to Council on June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

Both meetings are open to the public.

Recommended changes include:

  • Reducing the number of mandatory taxi inspections
  • Eliminating taxi driver training (except for accessible vehicles)
  • Eliminating vehicle size and spare tire requirements
  • Increasing the time a taxicab can sit unused and
  • Reducing taxi driver and plate transfer fees
  • Changes to the new taxi driver and licence transfer fees will take effect upon approval of the by-law
  • Renewal fees for taxi drivers will be reduced during the 2018 renewal period (March 31, 2018)

Background

Licensing By-law 2015-075 allows the town to license and regulate various businesses in Oakville.

Taxicab By-law Review

The town is reviewing taxicab regulations to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the community. The review will be completed and presented to council in 2018.