No overhaul: City asked to rethink several parts of young bylaw regulating taxis, Uber, Lyft

By John Willing, Ottawa Citizen, August 26, 2019

The City of Ottawa is open to making minor changes to the bylaw that governs ride-ordering services but it’s not interested in a complete overhaul of the three-year-old regulations.

The city is reviewing several of its bylaws as part of a regular process to make sure the municipal regulations are up to date. The 2016 vehicle-for-hire bylaw, which established rules for taxis and private transportation companies (like Uber and Lyft), was particularly controversial for cabbies and the taxi industry since the requirements differed between the two types of businesses.

The taxi industry has never stopped pressing city hall to address their concerns since council in April 2016 approved the dual-licensing bylaw, which came into force on Sept. 30, 2016.

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