August 14, 2014 4:17 pm

City of Montreal unveils policy changes for taxi industry

MONTREAL – The City of Montreal is making policy changes to improve the taxi industry.

Mayor Denis Coderre made the announcement Thursday afternoon, along with Aref Salem, the city councillor who heads the executive committee on transportation.

Their mission is to make Montreal taxis cleaner, greener and safer.

Some of the changes the city hopes to implement are:

  • Equipping all taxis with:
    • Cameras
    • GPS
    • Electronic payment option (to reduce amount cash drivers and clients are carrying)
  • Tailor better services for:
    • Elderly clients
    • Disabled clients
    • Tourists
  • Provide cleaner and greener taxis by:
    • Increasing hybrid and electric cabs on the road
    • Expanding recharge infrastructure to accommodate them.
  • Increasing security for drivers and customer by:
    • Installing security cameras in all taxis
    • Improving collaboration with all levels of government to fight against illegal taxis

Another issue that was address was the uniformed look of Montreal’s cabs.

The City wishes to make each of its drivers an ambassador of Montreal.

The Mayor said he wants to develop a strong and distinctive image for Montreal taxis, giving them a “visual signature” and one colour.

They haven’t decided what colour the cars will be but when pressed by reporters, Coderre said, “when we get there we’ll come back and consult you on it.”

What colour do you think Montreal taxis should be?

 

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