March 2nd could be a historic day in Ontario.
On Wednesday, councillors from the city of Mississauga are set to debate a recent report that advocates the city make ride-sharing services legal.
The report, titled “Taxi Plate Issuance Model Review,” says councillors could modernize the city’s transportation businesses by introducing a new licensing category that imposes “equal regulation” on ride-sharing services.
“The widespread use of smartphones has led to the development of internet-based services that directly connect passengers and drivers. These internet-based transportation services are being offered by firms that are described as “transportation network companies” (TNCs),” says the report. “These services have proved popular.”
While Uber has faced numerous uphill battles in Toronto, mainly from taxi companies and select councillors, its popularity continues to rise. The ride-sharing service continues to launch a variety of different services, including UberPool, UberHop, UberEats, UberAssist, and Uber Ice Cream.
In response, Toronto taxi companies disrupted major transportation arteries throughout the city when they decided to hold a strike last December. The City of Toronto is expected to announce its own set of revised ride-sharing regulations in April.
In the meantime, all eyes will be on Mississauga and Mayor Bonnie Crombie.