It looks like we will have to wait until 2020 to see a new updated taxi bylaw which will encompass both the taxi and the rideshare industry.
That's according to police chief Scott Tod who updated the media on the process today at the North Bay Police Board meeting at police headquarters.
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"We have received the draft bylaw which is being shared with the city solicitor and the assistant will look at it, provide feedback to the board whether or not the bylaw meets the test that is required for prosecution and enforcement which is something we do want," Tod told the media.
"We also want the ability to audit and inspect of the taxi and the ridesharing industry and we are making sure that is there also. The commitment to the board is that once the draft is ready to be shared with the board after the board approves it we would share it within the industries first and await response back and public consultation after that."
Tod says the taxi and rideshare industries have been content with the process even though the board was hoping the bylaw would be in place by now.
"We receive information from both the industries as well as taxi clients," said Tod.
"I have yet to receive anything that is extremely negative towards adopting a ridesharing platform for the community and at the same time I receive lots of compliments in regards to the taxi industry as it is right now."
Tod believes it is not about getting it done quickly, it's about getting it done right.
"We hope the bylaw serves the interest of both the ride-sharing and the taxi industry but more importantly provides a safe transportation opportunity for the public," said Tod.
Tod believes the earliest the bylaw will now be approved would be early in 2020 at the earliest.