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August 16, 2016
City of Toronto issues Private Transportation Company licence to Uber
Today, the City of Toronto issued a Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence to Uber, the first of its kind in Canada.

Since the May 3 Council decision, City staff have been preparing and implementing the new Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw, which came into effect July 15. This work included significant technology enhancements, system programming, and organizational and business process changes.

In addition to allowing private transportation companies to operate, the Bylaw includes changes which have been implemented for the taxi industry:
• flexible ownership for taxicab owners, including permission to incorporate and own more than one taxicab
• the taxicab industry can set fares for trips booked in advance, and
• decreased annual licensing fees.

With the issuance of Uber's PTC licence, the City will begin to screen and issue PTC driver licences to individuals performing vehicle-for-hire services through UberX. Screening includes criminal background and driver abstract checks, vehicle inspection certificates, and insurance.

More information about the Vehicle-for-hire Bylaw can be found at
Note: Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards will hold a media availability at 4 p.m. today in front of Committee Room 1 at City Hall.

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Tammy Robbinson
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