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January 31, 2002
Courts uphold the Ambassador cab bylaw
  
On January 29, 2002, the Divisional Courts dismissed a challenge to the
Ambassador cab bylaw #486-2001 brought by the Toronto Taxicab Owners and
Operators Association. The bylaw increased the number of Ambassador taxi
licences from 300 to 562. The courts upheld Toronto City Council's authority to
pass bylaws "limiting the number of cabs."

"This is a victory for the public and the drivers. It's a huge success for the
City because the Ambassador program has increased the quality of both cars and
drivers in the taxicab industry," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

Councillor Howard Moscoe added that, "This decision clears away the cobwebs and
has vindicated the City's position. It will end a lot of superfluous court
actions so that the City can move ahead in creating a better taxi industry for
the riding public."

Since 1998, the City of Toronto has taken steps to improve the taxi industry.
After extensive consultation with members of the taxicab industry, City Council
approved a number of reforms to promote cleaner cars, more courteous and safer
drivers, and more efficient service. A well-managed service is good for
business and the City's future economic and social health, which reinforces the
City's reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.


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