Taxicabs in Canada have been licensed by local municipalities, these taxis are operated and owned by individuals or private companies. Most of the cabs are large sedans with various domestic make and colors. Limousines are in black and mostly Lincoln Town Car.
Taxicabs in Greater Toronto operates within GTA, these cabs are licensed in municipality. Cabs need to attach metal plate with license number in back of the vehicles. These cabs are handful of the companies which are licensed in Peel Region and York Region, most companies are being operated out of Toronto.
Toronto Licensing Commission is responsible for issuing licenses for taxis in Toronto. Toronto also offers limousine and taxi training courses since 1990s to improve quality of service which is being offered by Toronto cabs. Ambassador Taxicabs are those cabs which need to have higher standards than regular cabs and available to current cab drivers with 40 days special training course.
There are 4,849 registered taxicabs in 2004 in Toronto, of which around 1,313 hold Ambassador License. There are around 15,000 people who have been employed in taxicab industry and around 65,000 trips occur on daily basis which generate an estimate of 1.5 million dollars everyday. Ridership is expecting an increase by 10% over next 10 years and additional 2.1 million fares by year 2022.
Limo cabs allow to drop off the passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport, they cannot pick up fares without any of the additional permit. Greater Toronto Airport Authority issues guidelines and licenses for limos and cabs at airport. Since year 2007 City of Toronto Act restricted non-Toronto cabs from taking fares in Toronto unless cabs are licensed to operate in city.
The Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry and Lincoln Town Car are most popular types of taxicabs in Toronto area. Like many of the other cities, Toronto is switching to hybrid fleet of taxis, with huge order of Toyota Camry Hybrid and Toyota Prius vehicles, similarly found in New York City.
Other models used in Toronto:
– Volkswagen Jetta
– Mazda 6
– Chevrolet Cruze
– Chevrolet Impala
– Nissan Sentra
– Toyota Corolla
– Honda Accord
– Ford Crown Victoria
– Vehicle Production Group MV-1
– Toyota Sienna
Taxis in Montreal were managed and licensed by city and was pasted on Bureau du taxi et du remorquage, it is an independent agency which was created in year 1986 and began service in 1987. There are total 420 taxi stands and 4,445 taxi cabs in city of Montreal. Complaints and Enforcement are being treated by Montréal Police Service (SPVM).
Ottawa cabs have been licensed by city’s Licences and Permits department. Like Toronto cabs, they need to attach metal plate at back of cab. Unlicensed cabs in city are referred as “bandit taxis”.
Vancouver taxi cabs are being allowed to operate within Vancouver area, that includes Vancouver International Airport.Operations and conduct of cab drivers are being stated in City Bylaw 6066.