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Taxi bylaw slated for March

'It involves people, it involves jobs in our economy, it involves providing safe transportation choices for everyone in our society so it has been a long arduous process for myself and the board'
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Police Chief Scott Tod and Police Board Chair Dennis O'Connor at Tuesday's Police Board Meeting. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.

A new Taxi Bylaw is expected to be in place perhaps as soon as March. 

It's been a long process for the police board, taxi companies and URide where all sides were hoping a bylaw would be in place by the end of 2019.  

Scott Tod, North Bay's Police Chief, admits it has been a complex process. 

"We are hoping to provide something that is safe, something that is fair, something that is competitive for the industry is also been difficult and it involves people, it involves jobs in our economy, it involves providing safe transportation choices for everyone in our society so it has been a long arduous process for myself and the board," said Tod. 

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The Police Board along with a consulting firm from Hamilton have been working together for months to try to create a new taxi bylaw.  

Tod is encouraged by how close they are now to the bylaw finish line.  

"I can say we do have a bylaw in its final stages, it is drafted. It will be circulated within the Board for the board review this week and hopefully, by the February board meeting we are able to share the draft bylaw with the industry first and with the public second and by the end of that month, February, we will have a town hall meeting and seek public input that the public may have questions or concerns regarding the bylaw."  

With that, Tod is optimistic that new bylaw will be passed during the March Board Meeting. 


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