PREMIER TAXI SERVICE
Premier Taxi Service
Taxis in Toronto city can run anywhere in the GTA as long as they have a licence from the municipality where they are situated. The licence number must be displayed on a metal plate that must be fastened to the back of each cab. A small number of businesses with licences exist in York and Peel Regions, however, the majority are based in Toronto. In Canada, licences for taxi in Toronto are given out by the Toronto Licensing Commission. Since the late 1990s, the city has also provided training programs for taxi and limousine drivers in an effort to raise the level of service provided by Toronto taxis. Current cab drivers who complete a unique 40-day training program can operate Ambassador Taxicabs, which are much greater in standard than conventional taxis. There are over 5,800 registered taxis in Toronto, and around 2000 of them have an ambassador licence. The taxicab sector employs more than 17,000 people, and it generates an estimated 1.5 million dollars every day from the projected 65,000 trips that are made every day. Over the next ten years, there will be a 10% increase in ridership, with an additional 2.1 million fares by the end of 2022. Moreover, at Toronto Pearson International Airport, limo cabs are permitted to drop off passengers, but they are not permitted to pick up passengers without acquiring an additional permit. For taxis and limousines at the airport, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority issues licences and regulations. The City of Toronto Act has prohibited non-Toronto cabs from picking up passengers in Toronto since 2007 unless they have a permit to do so. At the Pearson airport, a taxi in Toronto and limousine can be reserved in advance with child car seats. There is a simple process that must be followed in order to make reservations in advance. The Greater Toronto Airport Authorities have set flat pricing for Toronto Airport Limousines. As a matter of fact, the majority of foreign-born cab drivers in the entire world are located in Toronto. South Asian or African ethnicity makes up the bulk of Toronto’s cab drivers. Taxi drivers who are immigrants are more likely to have advanced degrees (20% have undergraduate or master’s degrees compared to 4% of drivers who are Canadian-born) or other credentials, which has prompted criticism of Canada’s immigration policy.