Draft taxi bylaw expected in October

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North Bay’s final taxi draft bylaw is expected to be presented to the North Bay Police Services Board and the taxi, ride-share and limousine industries next month, according to Scott Tod.

“The bylaw in North Bay has some unique characteristics,” said the police chief, adding consideration and inclusion has to be considered for school-purpose vehicles.

“We also don’t have a limousine bylaw and we have to determine what that is going to look like.

“There are questions related to what enforcement will look like, as well as audit and inspection,” he said.

“Hopefully in October I’ll be in a position to share the bylaw with the board and the taxi industry.”

The emergence of ride sharing has resulted in a heated debate in the city involving increased competition and concerns for rider safety.

The police board held a town hall meeting in May to gather public input and hired BMA Management Consulting Inc. to review the city’s current bylaw.

City council voted to give the responsibility of monitoring and enforcing rules around ride-share companies to the police services board, which has been licensing and regulating taxis since 1997.

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