A topic at tonight’s Council meeting sees the Town of Midland recommending some changes to taxi licencing and the possible inclusion of ride sharing services like Uber and others. The staff report says “The broader taxi industry itself has been undergoing significant changes in many of the large urban centres due to the disruptive transformation caused in part by technology and the “ride-share” phenomenon known as “UBER”. Municipalities are generally scrambling to adapt to this change along with other advances to an industry that for many years was relatively stable.
ANALYSIS: The Town has recently received a request from the Town of Penetanguishene which proposes that the administration meet to consider the potential for a dual license between our two communities. At this time there has not been any analysis of the pros and cons associated with such a proposal.
There are a number of key stakeholders who would need to be consulted about any bylaw changes to determine the implications to the local taxi industry. For the purpose of the initial investigation it is proposed that members of the administration meet to discuss with our colleagues in Penetanguishene the options under consideration in that community. Once we have a full understanding of the proposed implications, a future report would be presented along with a proposed consultation exercise with the local taxi industry. ”
In addition to this report, Councillor Oschefski asked if rickshaws and mobile ice cream carts could be added to the new proposed changes as they are currently not allowed to operate in Midland.
Council approved the exploration of this issue. Presumably, at some point, the townsfolk themselves will be asked for input. Weigh in with your thoughts below.