Monday, September 25, 2023

GTA Towing Restricted Zone program has NOT been launched yet

On October 12, 2021, Road Warrior News published an article titled “Restricted towing zones pilot to allow only authorized towing companies.” The article referenced and linked to the Province of Ontario Ministry of Transportation website which presented the Restricted Towing Zone pilot in the present tense, leaving readers with the impression that the program was currently operational.

In fact, the Restricted Towing Zone pilot project is not currently in effect and will not be launched until approximately January, 2022.

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Cheques for Accessible Taxi drivers actually are in the mail: L&S

Eligible Accessible Taxi drivers in Toronto have begun receiving cheques in payment from the Accessibility Fund Program.

Taxi News contacted Toronto’s media office as well as its Freedom of Information office on October 11th to confirm complaints from a group of 30 Accessible drivers who were still waiting for payment of their 2020 funds. Beck driver Mohsen Holway had alerted Taxi News to the fact that hundreds of drivers who delivered Accessible service were waiting and wondering when their payments would arrive.

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Truckers will be required to provide proof of vaccination at U.S. border in January 2022

On October 12th, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend Title 19 regulations to allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation to enter the United States via land and ferry ports of entry (POEs) across the U.S. border.

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500 turkeys delivered over two days: a real Turkey Trot

After two crazy-busy days and 500 turkey deliveries, Beck driver Mohsen Holway made it home to his own family with a fresh turkey and a giant “thank you” from turkey drive volunteers.

“Mohsen was amazing!” GTA TurkeyDrive organizer Jennifer Evans told Taxi News. “And not just the fact that he physically loaded and unloaded 500 turkeys over two longs days. He was very creative, directing some of the other volunteers, getting the turkeys loaded and working around problems. He was incredible.”

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Submission to Toronto’s Vehicle for Hire By-law Review by Neil Robert Shorey

Driver Training: After eliminating 50 years of consumer protections in the original Vehicle for Hire By-law, we now see an endless wave of consumer complaints about dirty or mechanically unfit vehicles; the general public is unaware of who really is behind the wheel of their vehicle for hire; and the public wonders why some rides cost more than others for the exact same ride?

I could go on and on. There used to be mandatory twice per year DOT inspections. There used to be sealed meters. There used to be a clear system of identification for who was driving. There used to be a 3-week taxi training course for drivers run by the City of Toronto. These are all gone.

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Egg Salad Sandwich top seller at Port Hope ONRoute’s new ONMarket

Beginning September 23rd, ONroute’s 23 plazas are expanding the ONmarket retail space to offer one-stop shopping for groceries, household supplies, travel necessities and novelties.

ONmarket selections now include dry foods, with pantry staples such as soup, tuna, ketchup, sugar, salad dressing, cereal, tea and coffee, as well as household supplies such as cleaners, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, cutlery and disposable dining ware.

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