Teco Taxi defends proposed rate-increase

The President of Teco Taxi says he’s not pleased that City Council isn’t backing a proposed rate increase.

Leonard Aylward discussed the proposal on this week’s Issues and Answers.

Two weeks ago, City Council received a letter from Teco Taxi, stating it’s applying to the Passenger Transportation Board for a 33% rate increase.

Aylward says he would like to know why City Council voted unanimously to not support the application.

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At the council meeting on Tuesday October 13th, Mayor Bruce Lantz said he couldn’t support the fee increase, especially because the majority of people who use this service are seniors and lower income families.

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Aylward says the 23 cabs currently operating in the city sustain the community’s needs during normal hours.

He agrees there is a high demand for the service when the local bars close. But he says it’s not realistic to hire more help during that 15 minute-rush.

The cab company was granted a 27% fee increase last year.

But, Aylward says the cab service has still been losing money, and cabbies in the area aren’t making appropriate wages.

He claims some drivers are making minimum wage, while others make $18-$20 an hour. He says it all depends on the efficiency of each driver.

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He says the company needs to bring in $65,000, for operational costs and wages, before any profit is made.

Aylward says the Passenger Transportation Board doesn’t factor in a City Council’s position when considering an application, so the fare hike could still be a possibility.

Currently the flag rate for the company sits at $4.05 and the distance rate is $2.32 per kilometre. For the original story, Click Here.

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