City of Toronto is now requiring drivers to pass a city mandated training to be eligible to work for companies such as Uber and Lyft in the City of Toronto.
The new updated bylaw governing all Toronto ‘vehicles for hire’ now is in effect this Wednesday January 3rd.
Few things are changing:
- The minimum number of years of required driving experience will now increase from 1 year to 3 years;
- training program must be passed covering such topics as transporting passengers in a safe manner, driving in an urban setting, providing accessible service, anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity;
- all ride sharing drivers will now be required to attach “Watch for Bikes” on their windows to alert passengers when exiting;
- must alert passengers if they are being recorded.
If you are a new driver you have to pass the training by June 2020, if you are an existing driver you have until end of 2020 to complete it.
Also a handheld devices such as cell phones will now need to be securely secured and mounted in the vehicles.
There will be also a new program called “Accessibility Fund Program” which will charge a fee for not providing a wheel chair accessible transportation, all the fees collected will go to fund special wheel chair accessible transportation.