Fines may be added to a municipal bylaw governing Sault Ste. Marie’s taxi industry.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service oversees the bylaw on behalf of the municipality.
Currently, the only penalties for non-compliance are a court summons or suspension of the broker’s licence.
“The addition of set fines would allow for another option of any breach of the bylaw by the broker or employees of the companies,” said Const. Henry Jin, planning of research, in a report to Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board.
His report includes 62 potential fines aimed at vehicle owners and brokers, taxis, limousines, wheelchair accessible service vehicles, hotel shuttles, fees and drivers.
“To have some kind of enforcement for non-compliance would help us ensure that the cab companies are going to abide by the bylaw,” Jin told The Sault Star.
With the possibility of a financial penalty “they’d be a little more careful about how they deal with the bylaw,” he said. “Right now there’s not much we can do do. (This) gives us another tool in the process of enforcement.”
He plans to meet with the city’s legal department to develop “a working number” of fines that could be used in the Sault.
“It’s going to be awhile,” said Jin when asked of the timeline to introduce the fines.
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