HALIFAX TAXI DRIVERS OWNERS ASSOCIATION

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June 11, 2014

Limitation lost!

In the mid nineties drivers stood united in their goal to achieve a limit on the number of cabs.
This was the only time drivers were united in what was at that time an industry that had over eighty years in Halifax.

Limitation is no more. The number set for the Halifax zone was 610. At present that zone has close to 660 and at the rate we are going there will be over 700 by year's end.
It's not hard to imagine that number climbing to over 800 or more over the next couple years.

This is not simply a problem for drivers in the Halifax zone. The other zones are not immune and there will be more drivers wanting airport licenses.
Effective Monday June 16th the Drivers Association will have a lawyer on retainer and we will focus our efforts on restoring limitation.

Many drivers are still not paying dues of $2.00 per week.
The most common excuses are such things as, they're not doing anything or associations come and go.
The accomplishments of the Drivers Association speaks for itself.
The only way to get limitation restored and get back to making reasonable living is with the help of a lawyer.
To start paying dues through your broker simply fill out a form when paying office rent.


Board of the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 6, 2014

Notice

On Monday morning June 9th Dave Buffett the president of the Drivers Association will be doing an interview at 7:20 on CBC Information morning 90.5 FM to discuss the abuse of Accessible Vans, the refusal of drivers to service Persons With Disabilities, refusal to use restraints to secure chairs, the fact that through our research Halifax is the only city we can find that does not require training to operate an Accessible van and the cities refusal to zone Accessibles in an effort to provide better service to P.W.D outside the Halifax peninsula.

Board of the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 3, 2014

Meeting

The board of the Drivers Association held it's monthly meeting from 10 til 11 on Monday June second.
The focus of the meeting was providing better service and the refusal of Accessible van drivers to provide service people in wheelchairs.

Among the most common complaints are:
Refusal to pick up any wheelchair clients.
Refusal to travel to Dartmouth and beyond to provide service.
Refusing to secure the chair with the required restraints provided.

Our research shows that we are the only municipality in North America that does not require training to operate an Accessible Taxi Cab.

Board of the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 2, 2014

Service cards

In an attempt to promote better taxi customer service, the Drivers Association has purchased business cards designed to educate the public as to the method of reporting unacceptable taxi service. These cards will be distributed to customers throughout the Halifax area.

Board of the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 2, 2014

Letter of letter to Auditor General

Dear Sir
There is a great unbalance in the level of taxi service provided to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) who do not reside in the area known as Halifax.
The problem is that the taxi licensing division has misled councillors and HRM residents.
Mr. Kevin Hindle the Regional Coordinator of Taxi Licensing has insisted that the HRM cannot put accessible taxicabs in zones in the same manner as conventional cabs because of the provincial Motor Vehicle Act.
That is simply not true. The excerpt provided states that among other things you cannot restrict the types of passengers there is no mention as to the location of passengers, there is no mention of location/geography what so ever.
The Drivers Association has asked for independent legal advice in addition to writing to the provinces department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and only Mr. Hindle interprets the restrictions as pertaining to zones.
The result is that approximately fifty five of fifty six accessible taxicab operators have chosen the Halifax zone leaving only one to service all of Dartmouth, Cole Harbor, Eastern Passage, Sackville, Beaverbank, Fall river and beyond.

In most municipalities across North America there is a limitation on the number of taxis per zone. Drivers are purchasing Accessible cabs to get around the limitation and only four of over fifty actually service PWD.
We want the HRM to restrict these cabs to zones so there are some in every zone at all times thus reducing long wait times for PWD.



This raises a few important concerns that go beyond service to PWD.
1. Was this miss-communication deliberate or incompetence?
2. If it was deliberate what does it mean to taxpayers that council cannot trust staff?
3. If it was incompetence what does it mean to taxpayers that council cannot trust staff?
4. The only mention of zones in relation to accessible taxicabs is in H.R.M. Bi law T-1000 which was written by Mr. Hindle.
5. In February of this year representive's of the Drivers Association introduced the idea of two chair accessible taxicabs to the TLLC as well as age restrictions and Mr. Hindle stated that these ideas although providing better service to PWD might be seen as a restriction per the MVA.
One has to ask how this interpretation is even possible after reading the excerpt from the MVA.
This raises a significant concern. How can a municipal council let this go on since 2005 and not take action?

The following Motor Vehicle Act excerpt is the only area that talks about accessible taxi cabs.
Section 305 (d) with respect to accessible taxicabs, limit, either directly or indirectly, the number of vehicles or the number of drivers or restrict the types of passengers that may be carried in an accessible taxicab.

Please note: All legal interpretation we have received indicates that the term "types of passengers" refers to persons with or without disabilities.

Dave Buffett
President
the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 19, 2014

Notice

On Tuesday May 13th the Drivers Association held it's Annual meeting.
There were quite number of drivers in attendance and there was an exchange of ideas as to the challenges facing the board over the next year.
All of the suggestions will help determine the path followed and goals pursued.
There was no election held as there were no nominations for positions before the May 1st deadline.
All former board members have agreed to stay another year. This is a clear indication of their level of dedication.

The board members are as follows:
President, Dave Buffett
Vice President Halifax zone Billy Mastrapa
Vice President Dartmouth zone, Terry Morier
Vice President County zone Tim Auld
Treasurer Dutchie Webb
Board member Ron Delaney
Board member Al DesLaurier
Board Member Ken Paul
Board member Mark Weston

We thank all drivers who attended the meeting.

Dave Buffett
President
the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 14, 2014

Copy of letter

Dear Councillor
I'm sure you are aware that there has been an unbalance in the level of taxi service provided to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) who do not reside in the area known as Halifax.
The problem is that the taxi licensing division has misled councilors and HRM residents.
Mr. Hindle has insisted that the HRM cannot put accessible taxicabs in zones in the same manner as conventional cabs because of the provincial Motor Vehicle Act.
That is simply not true. The excerpt provided states that among other things you cannot restrict the types of passengers there is no mention as to the location of passengers, there is no mention of location/geography what so ever.
The Drivers Association has asked for independent legal advice in addition to writing to the provinces department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and only Mr. Hindle interprets the restrictions as pertaining to zones.
The result is that approximately fifty of fifty one have chosen the Halifax zone leaving only one to service all of Dartmouth, Cole Harbor, Eastern Passage, Sackville, Beaverbank, Fallriver and beyond.


This raises a few important concerns that go beyond service to PWD.
1. Was this miss-communication deliberate or incompetence?
2. If it was deliberate what does it mean to taxpayers that council cannot trust staff?
3. If it was incompetence what does it mean to taxpayers that council cannot trust staff?
4. The only mention of zones in relation to accessible taxicabs is in T-1000 which was written by Mr. Hindle.
5. In February of this year representive's of the Drivers Association introduced the idea of two chair accessible taxicabs to the TLLC as well as age restrictions and Mr. Hindle stated that these ideas although providing better service to PWD might be seen as a restriction per the MVA.
One has to ask how this interpretation is even possible after reading the excerpt from the MVA.
6. If there were a Taxi Limousine Liaison Committee (TLLC) this type of error could not have occurred. Since the committee chaired by Councillor Adams was disbanded there has not been a true committee, decisions and recommendations are not voted on by the group Mr. Hindle does what he wants without input.
The current TLLC has never held a meeting in which a councilor was present thus not fulfilling its mandate.

The following Motor Vehicle Act excerpt is the only area that talks about accessible taxi cabs.
Section 305 (d) with respect to accessible taxicabs, limit, either directly or indirectly, the number of vehicles or the number of drivers or restrict the types of passengers that may be carried in an accessible taxicab.

Please note: All legal interpretation we have received indicates that the term "types of passengers" refers to persons with or without disabilities.

Dave Buffett
President
the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 5, 2014

Notice



The Drivers association will hold its Annual meeting on Tuesday May 13th from seven until nine p.m.

The location is the Citadel High School Atrium.
The entrance is found by turning onto Ahern Drive from Bell Rd. The atrium is the glassed in area.

Note: A policemen will be provided as security, everyone who wants to ask questions or make comments will have a chance, this will be an orderly meeting.
There are costs to holding a meeting such as hall rental and security therefore drivers who do not pay dues are required to pay a$10.00 admission fee.

Check out our posts on hfxtaxi.com

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Apr. 8, 2014

Notice

The Drivers association will hold it's Annual meeting and election of board members on Tuesday May 13th from seven until nine p.m.
The location is the Citadel High Atrium.
The entrance is found by turning onto Ahern Drive from Bell Rd. The atrium is the glassed in area.

Election:
All board positions are open for interested persons they are as follows:
President,
Vice President Halifax zone,
Vice President Dartmouth zone,
Vice President County zone,
Treasurer,
Secretary,
Board members,

The closing date for nominations is Sunday April 20th.The minimum requirement is basic computer skills and a willingness to commit at least two unpaid hours per week, some positions require considerably more volunteer hours.

Board of the Drivers Association, Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Apr. 2, 2014

Notice

The Drivers association will hold it's Annual meeting and election of board members on Tuesday May 13th from seven until nine p.m. Location will be announced Tuesday April 8th.

Election:
All board positions are open for interested persons they are as follows:
President,
Vice President Halifax zone,
Vice President Dartmouth zone,
Vice President County zone,
Treasurer,
Secretary,
Board members,

The closing date for nominations is Sunday April 20th.The minimum requirement is basic computer skills and a willingness to commit at least two unpaid hours per week, some positions require considerably more volunteer hours.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Mar. 25, 2014

Medallions

When the Medallion project began 5 years ago Al DesLaurier did extensive research. Without that research as a starting point the project would have never got off the ground.
Since that time much has changed in the industry across the country.
Matt McPherson (the consultant the Drivers Association has on retainer) has worked tirelessly on the issue of owning our business as well as other issues as directed by the board.
Matt's latest endeavor is to contact the taxi licensing office in every city in Canada from Saint Johns to Vancouver to ask one question.
Can the taxi drivers in your municipality sell their individual taxi license?
This is very valuable and time consuming work with the result being we will be equipped to make a comprehensive report to councilors.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Mar. 12, 2014

Annual Meeting

The Drivers association will hold it's Annual meeting and election of board members on Tuesday May 13th from seven until nine p.m. Location will be announced at a later date.

Election:
All board positions are open for interested persons they are as follows:
President,
Vice President Halifax zone,
Vice President Dartmouth zone,
Vice President County zone,
Treasurer,
Secretary,
Board members,

The closing date for nominations is Sunday April 20th.The minimum requirement is basic computer skills and a willingness to commit at least two unpaid hours per week, some positions require considerably more volunteer hours.
The closing date for nominations is April 20th

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Feb. 19, 2014

Annual Meeting

The Drivers association will hold it's Annual meeting and election of board members on Tuesday May 13th from seven until nine p.m. Location will be announced at a later date.

Election:
All board positions are open for interested persons they are as follows:
President,
Vice President Halifax zone,
Vice President Dartmouth zone,
Vice President County zone,
Treasurer,
Secretary,
Board members,

The closing date for nominations is Sunday April 20th.The minimum requirement is basic computer skills and a willingness to commit at least two unpaid hours per week, some positions require considerably more volunteer hours.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Feb. 5, 2014

Meeting

The board of the Drivers Association held their monthly meeting on Monday February 3rd from ten until eleven am.
The primary focus is that the HRM like municipalities across North America is pushing for a 100% accessible taxi fleet. There is no mention in their plans to include limousines.
Does this mean that persons with disabilities are not entitled to limousine service?
The Drivers association has spent hundreds of hours working on a compromise that will be suitable for those wanting a sedan cab or limousine and those who require an accessible cab or limousine.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Jan. 24, 2014

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Dave Buffett, the interim president of the Drivers Association, will be attending a meeting concerning service animals and how those whom require them are treated, in late February.

It is vitally important that all industry professionals from drivers to dispatchers are well aware of the needs of persons with these animals.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Jan. 15, 2014

Accessible vans

Members of the board of the Drivers Association have a meeting with a member of the Nova Scotia legislature this month.
We will be discussing the abuse of the accessible taxi regulations.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Jan. 13, 2014

Meeting

The board of the Drivers Association held it\'s first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday January 7th from 6 to 7 pm.
The primary focus of the meeting is the abuse of the accessible van issue.
There is an ever increasing number of accessible vans but most have never taken a wheelchair.
Only one of the vans is at Bobs Taxi,one in the county and the rest at Yellow or Casino.
We are working with the province and staff to halt this abuse.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Dec. 14, 2013

Driver safety

It's that time of year when we keep ice scrapers and snow brushes in our cabs.
Please remember to keep such tools in the trunk out of reach of yourself or a person who might assault you.
If a driver feels threatened he or she might in the heat of the moment use such devices as a weapon.
This can lead to an assault with a weapon charge.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Dec. 14, 2013

Convictions

If a driver is convicted of an offence in provincial court he or she is required to report the conviction to the Taxi Licensing office immediately.
Failure to do so can lead to your taxi license and rooflight being suspended.
In the event a provincial drivers license is suspended it is vital that it be reported immediately as well.
The suspension of a provincial drivers license also means a suspension of a taxi license.
There is an appeal process that if successful the driver can be granted his or her taxi license once the provincial drivers license is reinstated.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Dec. 13, 2013

Medallions



When buying a small business the worth of the business is determined by reviewing the profit margins over a number of years.
From this one can determine what a reasonable price is and over what period of time the business can be fully owned by the purchaser.
A taxi medallion is the same.
At the end of a twelve hour shift in any of the three zones or the airport the gross income is about the same.To arrive at this figure I did not take a wild guess.
There are differences between all three zones and the airport but the number of cabs in each zone reflects that.
The Halifax zone is the biggest pie but it is cut in 635 very thin slices.
The Dartmouth zone is a smaller pie but is cut into 200 slices.
The county zone 190 slices.
If the Halifax zone were cut to only 190 or 200 slices those drivers would be going from call to call but that is not so.
It should be clear that the cost of a medallion is equal from zone to zone just as the earnings for a twelve hour shift are.


Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Dec. 7, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Consultant



What has Matt MacPherson been doing for drivers and other stakeholders?

Since putting Matt on retainer the association board and Matt have:

*Worked with staff to ensure that driver on the rooflight list can not be moved toward the back of the list.

*Matt has contacted the three largest brokers recommending they collect dues and met with at least one for an informal meeting.

*We have begun the process of restoring the Halifax zone limitation which is currently twenty five taxis over the limit set by council.

*Matt is in the process of committing accessible vans to the Dartmouth and County zones.There are currently only three vans serving the clients they are intended for the rest are simply getting around the rooflight waiting list.
Dartmouth and the County are under serviced with the result being the next fifteen accessible vans must be licensed for those zones.
Licensing accessible vans for the HRM instead of individual zones has lead to too many in the Halifax zone and people in outer zones waiting far too long. This is not the intent of the province.

*With the professional assistance of Matt we have seen the Medallion proposal go before council.

*Matt has had several meetings with one or more board members.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Nov. 27, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Association Membership



If you are not among the growing number of drivers who have joined the Drivers Association you can do so taking a minute to fill out a form at your office or by sending a cheque to the address at the top of the front page.

Another option is to pay in cash (as little as $26.00 quarterly) to a board member who will provide a receipt.
The board members are as follows:
Rooflight Mark Weston A05 Casino
Dutchie Webb 319 Casino
Terry Morier A025 Bobs
Ken Paul 725 Casino
Tim Auld 045 Yellow Cab
Billy Mastrapas Blueline Leasing (Charles at Maynard)
Ron Delaney 071 Casino
Al Deslaurier Casino Cell 830-5466
Dave Marriott 299 Casino
Dave Buffett 730 Yellow Cab Cell 293-5390


Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Nov. 20, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Medallions



Four years ago Al Deslaurier began the process of bringing rooflight ownership and transferability to our industry through the medallion system.
This process involved phases.
The first was research.
Al researched medallion systems across Canada and the U.S.
The next step was to put a proposal together to be reviewed by municipal staff and council.
At the beginning of this phase Al asked me to assist. Together Al and I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours working on the proposal.
We had meetings with staff, councillors, drivers and business interests.
We sent countless emails and more made phone calls.
Not once did we consider this a failed attempt.
We eventually brought in help from the driver pool in Dartmouth and the County.

In October we put Atlantic Canada's most experienced Labor Consultant (Matt MacPherson) on retainer.

This combined effort has lead to Councillor Russell Walker moving a motion to prepare enabling legislation to allow Taxi Medallions.
We are grateful to Councillor Walker and to all who have supported this effort this is however just another step.
Less than one month after Matt joined our team and four years after we began, the medallion proposal has made its way to council.
Without the support of members paying dues of $2.00 per week we would not be at this stage.
We need the support all drivers, if you are not already a member its time you sign up.


Dave Buffett
President Driver's Association
Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com

The Allnovascotia.com article (by Amy Pugsley Fraser) reads as follows:

"Halifax City Hall is getting the ball rolling on allowing the transferability of taxi licenses.

But the unanimously approved motion for a staff report for enabling legislation at the transportation committee is just a preliminary step in allowing roof light owners to pass on, or sell their licenses.

Unlike provincial lobster licenses, which are legally sold for more than $100,000 a piece in a legacy or retirement piece, taxi licenses are non-transferable.

But most drivers have been pushing for the opportunity, one that's already offered in most cities across North America anyway.

'If somebody invests many years of their life into an ongoing business, there comes a time when they want to get of the business and sell their asset,' Dartmouth cab driver Terry Morier said Wednesday.

The situation in Halifax means that many drivers will wait for years for their own roof light license.

That has created a culture of roof-light subletting, which often seen [sic] drivers paying high fees or sharing a percentage of their weekly fares, to owners.

Licenses issued by HRM have no cash value, other than the $50.00 fee for their annual renewable [sic] period. License owners hold the same roofV light number and license as long as they renew and keep up the standards on their equipment and insurance.

At the committee meeting Wednesday at City Hall, Councillor Russell Walker moved a motion based on a report from the taxi liaison group.

That group is made up of industry leaders, including drivers and cab company owners.

They've been looking at the change for years, Morier said Wednesday.

Councillors didn't debate the motion or provide any preference on whether it goes ahead.

Walker said it's important to prepare for the enabling legislation to allow debate since the Province governs the transferability of the licenses.

'We are far from reaching the point of how much and how many,' he said.

'Halifax has 610 owner licenses, the former county area has 190 owner licenses, while limitations in the Dartmouth zone is set at 200 owner licenses.'



Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Nov. 20, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

News Release



Note: We advocate for individual drivers as well as the industry as a whole so the board voted to make this our new signature.

Board of the Drivers Association Advocates
driversassoc@gmail.com


Nov. 9, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Mystery Riders

In the past the association has circulated notices and posts on this site reminding drivers that "Mystery Riders" might be your next passenger.
If you are in violation of the bylaws you will be required to take time off to meet with licensing staff to discuss concerns.
The following notice is provided by Kevin Hindle and the Board.

Almost all of the mystery rides conducted in October have identified the owner and driver licenses were either not displayed at all or displayed in such a position that they could not be read by the passenger.

The owner and driver licenses must be conspicuously displayed in the vehicle at all times while in service so passengers can read them from anywhere in the vehicle. Some operators have chosen to use Velcro strips and display the licenses on the meter area or the dash. Attaching them to the underside of visor, which seem to be a common place, but leaving the visor up with the licenses facing the floor, does not allow the passengers to read them and is not an acceptable location.

The main reason of this is public safety. The public can clearly see the vehicle and driver are properly licensed and the person behind the wheel is actually the driver displayed on the license. Also the public has been advised in Public Service Announcements from police that should they get into a cab that does not have licenses displayed, they should immediately exit the vehicle and call our office as this may have been an vehicle and person pretending to be a cab.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Oct. 26, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

October Newsletter

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Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Oct. 11, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Rooflight list



On Tuesday October 8th Dave Buffett and Labor Consultant Matt McPherson met with Kevin Hindle to discuss the rooflight waiting list.
The outcome of the meeting is that a person who is on the list has only to attend the licensing office and present their taxi drivers license to be given a card with their position on the list.
Prior to this change the information if requested was often verbal or might be written on a post it note.
The card being used now includes the drivers name,date,position on the list,officers signature and the stamp that is found on the back of all taxi licenses.
The result is that drivers can not appear to be moving back on the list and the licensing office can not be accused of moving them back.
The Drivers Association working for you.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Oct. 9, 2013

Committee

The Taxi/Limo committee is accepting applications for volunteers.
This is an excellent opportunity to have input into the industry.
Meetings are usually once per month so the time commitment is not to great.
If you want to apply visit the website below.

Https://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/volunteer_application.html.

Board of the Drivers Association driversassoc@gmail.com


Oct. 4, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Meeting



The drivers association held it's monthly meeting on Tuesday Oct 1st from 6 until 7 p.m.
The meeting focused almost entirely on customer service.
There was discussion about "Mystery Riders" as well as the increasing number of drivers who arrive at a call with their meter running and or take a long indirect route.
We are also concerned about gaining more new members,drivers continue to sign up but not at the rate we need if we are to improve the industry for all drivers.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Sept. 8, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

September Newsletter

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Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Sept. 6, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Driver Association Meeting

The board of the Drivers Association held its monthly meeting on Tuesday Sept.3rd from 6 until 7 p.m.
There was discussion about changes in collecting bridge fare from eighty cents to a dollar fifty.
This will again be pursued at the Taxi/Limo committee meeting in September.
The current licensing policy permits all drivers to operate an Accessible taxi; this is not the policy in other cities.
The HRM seems to be the only municipality that does not require drivers to be trained in properly restraining wheel chairs and assisting users of such chairs.
The association wants to see those operating Accessible taxis trained and that those not trained not be permitted to operate these vans.
WE are going to renew our push toward asking all brokers to follow the lead of Casino Taxi in permitting drivers to pay an additional $2.00 per week with office rent toward association dues.
This makes it easier then paying a larger sum annually or quarterly.
A broker is allowing county cars to work out of it's office in violation of zones. the licensing division is aware of this but chooses to ignore.
We will make another attempt to stop this practice at their level and if unsuccessful will take it to council.
The board voted to merge the Medallion Agency with the association. The intent is to have more people working on the medallion project.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Aug. 22, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

August Newsletter

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Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Aug. 11, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Stands

Last year the Drivers Association began a push for more stands and to increase the capacity of others.
This has lead to the Parklane stand being increased from a two car stand to a three car stand.
This is a small gain but we will continue seeking improvements.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


Aug. 9, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Drivers Association Notice

The board of the Drivers Association held their monthly meeting on Tuesday August 6th from six until seven pm.
The following concerns are being taken to the Taxi/Limo Liaison Committee:
How often is testing for new drivers being held?
The English language test is below the standard of other cities.
Are interrupters present during testing?
Accessible vans should be dispatched in the same way as other taxis. At least one brokerage offers potential customers phone numbers to call.
How many accessible vans are on the road.
How often are "Mystery Riders" on the streets?

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


July 10, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Drivers Association Notice

The Drivers Association would like to announce that Board Member Dave Marriott is now the Drivers Representative at the cruise ship dock.
Thank you Dave.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


July 9, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Drivers Association Notice

We the board members are proud to announce that we have two members who will sit on the Transportation Committee that is tasked with development and strategic planning of the municipality's transportation services.
Five of the eleven members expressed a keen interest in serving in this capacity and after much deliberation we decided that the two most suitable persons are the VP for Dartmouth Terry Moirier and the VP for the county Tim Auld.
On behalf of all board members I want to say thank you to Tim and Terry and to the other members who expressed an interest.

Dave Buffett
RL 730
Interim President Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


July 5, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Meeting

The board of the Drivers Association held their monthly meeting on Tuesday July 2nd from 6 to 7:30.
We are attempting to increase membership and this topic lead to a lengthy discussion.

We have an opportunity to put one or more board members on a Transportation Committee which has professionals from various transportation sectors including the airport.
We expect to have an announcement later in the month.
Please note: This is not the Transportation Committee run by city councillors.

There is still concern over bridge tolls.
Terry Moirier the VP for Dartmouth will seek professional help in this matter.
The remainder of the meeting was centered around selecting an interim president. This was not an easy process and many factors were considered.
Here are just a few.
  • If we elected one of the vice presidents their zone would be without a VP.
  • Board members already have tasks to handle and may not want the added pressure of being president.
  • The roll of interim president can best be handled by someone who has attended meetings with Al.
With all this considered it was decided that Dave Buffett will fill the roll of interim president until Al returns or an election is called.
Kim Howatt will assist Dave in his work as the association secretary.

Board of Directors
Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


July 5, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

July Newsletter

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Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 25, 2013

    Drivers Association

Drivers Association Notice



Al Deslaurier the president of the Drivers Association is taking a leave of absence from his position due to health issues.

We ask that any questions or concerns about the association be directed to other board members.

This temporary situation will not have a negative effect on the work of the association and the tasks carried out by Al will be divided among other board members.

During our monthly meeting on Tuesday July 2nd we will appoint an interim president.

We thank you for your support.

Board of the Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 16, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Interested in the Drivers Association Health Care Plan



A general meeting has been scheduled for all drivers on June 24th -630 pm

Location: Alderney Gate Library, Helen Creighton room.

You do not have to be a member of the association to attend, but you have to be a member to sign up for the Health Care Plan. If you are interested in signing up you must bring your Taxi License, Health Care Card (MSI), Health Care information about your family, A blank cheque or pre authorization form from bank.

Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 11, 2013

A Message From The Taxi Driver's Association

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Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 8, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

The Board Drivers Association held their monthly meeting from 6 til 7:15 Tuesday June 4th.

Items discussed included:
Some drivers are taking their rooflights off then renting them and calling their car a limo.
The association has four members on the taxi/limo committee. Issues that can not be resolved at that committee are not referred to the Transport Committee which makes it a senseless exercise. If this continues the four will resign.
We want limos in the HRM to be brought up to national standards. We have copies of national standards for limos which are not being met. Limos in the HRM are a taxi without a rooflight and they often under cut the taxi fare structure.


Dave Buffett
RL 730
driversassoc@gmail.com


June 2, 2013

A Message From The Taxi Driver's Association

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Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 26, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Health insurance



On May 24th the board of the Drivers Association held a special meeting with the only agenda item being delivering health benefits to the drivers and other industry professionals who are members of the association.

Board member Kim Howatt has put several weeks and hundreds of hours into finding the best option.
There are many options in terms of health insurance and many offer a low introductory offer with the fees increasing greatly after the first year.
This can be compared to ads for internet, phone and cable TV.
They offer a low rate for a few months and then the rate might jump by thirty percent.
There are also various plans in terms of what percent of for example prescription drug costs are covered.
With some plans the full cost of a doctor recommended and prescribed medication might be $80.00 and the plan might pay $50.00 with the plan user paying $30.00.
With the plan accepted by the board the cost will be more affordable.

In addition the monthly fees will only increase in the range of three to five percent annually with inflation.
Access to this group plan is open only to members of the Drivers Association.

Drivers Association Board
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 25, 2013

Taxi stands

Drivers Association


While at the meeting to learn more about the 311 system Ron expressed a concern that non taxis are parking on the stand at Barrington at South.

Within 30m minutes of the conclusion of the meeting I received an email from Kevin Hindle addressing the issue and less then 24 hours later a second.

Which read,
Hi Dave, I spoke with Parking Enforcement regarding the taxi stand Ron mentioned, they have asked patrols to monitor the area and ticket vehicles accordingly.

Dave, FYI update,
The No Parking sign for that location appears to be missing. Traffic Services have ordered a new sign to be installed at that location to assist with keeping the stand clear and parking enforcement issuing tickets.

Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 25, 2013

311 Call center

Drivers Association


Taxi licensing and 311
The board members of the Drivers Association have received quite a number of emails and phone calls concerning the 311 system of bookings.
As a result Ron Delaney and Dave Buffett were asked to attend a meeting with Kevin Hindle to gain an understanding of how calls are routed.
    Prior to the 311 method all calls went directly to the inspectors office.

  • This meant that there were a maximum of three people available to answer calls.
  • These same three people were tasked with car inspections, preparing licenses, handling complaints and more.
  • The 311 call center handles more calls at a faster rate because their only function is that of a call center.
  • When a driver calls 311 all general questions can be answered and if a question cannot be it is sent to the licensing office.
  • When a driver calls to book an appointment their information is typed into a computer and is immediately sent to the licensing office.
  • It is important to have your taxi drivers license number (which is on your license) available and your rooflight number. This will speed things up at the inspection process.
  • If you call to book an appointment the inspectors will typically call back the same day often within an hour, if you may not be available to answer the phone you can ask a partner or friend to answer and setup an appointment for you. Appointments are not booked through voicemail.


Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 22, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Compliance complaint

Compliance complaint (Staff interference in the law)

Three months ago I received a complaint from the Dartmouth taxi drivers. Their complaint was that Bob's Taxi (Broker) had added County Taxi drivers to their computer system which was against taxi by law T1000.
These county cars were doing Dartmouth to Dartmouth zone calls contrary to the T1000 taxi ordnance.

The reason they did not complain to the Compliance officer Mr. Kevin Hindle is that they feared in losing their livelihood if their info got out. There is only one taxi company(Broker) in Dartmouth.

As President of the Drivers association with members in Dartmouth I started my investigation with a letter to Mr. Donovan.
He stated that a letter would be sent to all brokers in HRM stating that this zone violation would have to stop and that he would direct Mr. Hindle to investigate.

After two weeks without a follow up letter from Mr. Donovan I wrote again. I believe that he had discussed this with Mr. Hindle and his answer was that we must have proof of this before he would get involved.

Staff with their own agenda creates the policy without input from the industry (T1000) and council passed T1000 without one word of discussion and then staff picks the part of the taxi ordnance that they want to follow.
I am not sure about this number but I believe that the tax payers are paying for 10 to 15 taxi by law officers.
These officers I been led to believe are out there to enforce T1000.

In every taxi jurisdiction that I have read about in North America law officers take their jobs seriously and the proof is in the rate of conviction against the taxi driver.
It seems that in the HRM the by law officers are told what laws that they must enforce and the staff directs their movements. I believe that this is one of the problems in our industry. Staff talks the talk and does not walk the walk.

For the first time in the history of the HRM we have a three zone association. We have four members of that association on the Taxi and Liaison group. We believe that as one of the stake holders in the taxi industry we should be heard but the process is to slow to be implemented.
I believe that a Councillor from the transport committee should be chair of the Taxi and Liaison group if we are not heard.

Thanks
Al. DesLaurier
President Taxi Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 21, 2013

A Message From The Taxi Driver's Association

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Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 21, 2013

Clarification

ref. to May 8/13 posting of "Appeal to Transport Committee'"

Terry Morier of the Liaison Committee who is also the VP (Dartmouth Representative) of the Drivers Association tried to bring this issue back to the liaison level due to the hardship to the taxi industry and the complaints from the taxi drivers. This letter was sent to and received by the city clerk and was not followed up on by Mr. Kevin Hindle.

Unfortunately at the previous months' meeting of the liaison committee meeting I did not follow proper procedure in advising Kevin Hindle on materials relating to the bridge fair controversy via Email.I submitted materials via paper at the meeting to all members present. Since we seem to have a large volume of material and discussions for each topic time is short. Therefore if items are not addressed from time to time it is mainly due to time constriction or lack of updated information.In light of this if shared information has been misinterpreted due to me ,I apologize to all involved. The situation as it evolves in the Taxi/limo liaison committee is fluid and on going on all fronts.

Terry Morier
Dartmouth Association V.P.

Cab A025


May 10, 2013

Monthly meeting

The board of the Drivers Association met on Tuesday May 7th from six to eight pm.
We invited Labour Consultant Matt MacPherson to help us with recruiting new members.
Matt has extensive experience with building associations and assisting them in staying effective.
The second item discussed once again is the issue of people living out of the province holding rooflights and renting them to drivers.
We will continue to work toward ending this policy.
The most lengthly discussion centered around the unlimited number of quasi limos.
In the HRM our limo system is simply a taxi service. The result is that they take an increasing number of fares to and from the airport and increasingly around town.
We as an association cannot and will not ignore this threat to our livelihood.

Driver's Association Board


May 8, 2013

Appeal to Transport Committee

We would like to present our reasons for this appeal at the Transport Committee level and why staff has not done its due diligence in the matter of bridge fares for the taxi industry and Taxi Ordnance T1000. We have followed the procedure given to us by council. We as a taxi industry believe that we have an avenue to bring our needs to Council and we thank you for that.

At the last council meeting of the last session before the swearing in of the new Mayor and new council staff introduced T1000 to be voted on. This is the new taxi ordnance.  At that meeting staff stated that there was taxi input for the new ordinance from the taxi industry which is not true. Councillor McClusky at that meeting  reading some of it for the first time stated that council should discuss T1000 before passing it and she stated that there were things she would like to review and clarify. Due to the fact that the taxi raise was being discussed at the same time the T1000 fell into second place in the discussion issues. For you new councillors that were not there the taxi raise was very important to us because it was over seven years since we had a raise in the industry. The raise was passed and so was the T1000 without our input or discussion by HRM council and that is why we are here today.

The bridge fare that has been legislated on the taxi industry is .80 cents. This is the first time that I know of that they legislated the fare. In the past the fare has been part of the taxi drivers business expense and has always been the full amount. This issue has already been discussed at the liaison level and also with Ms. MacDonald and Mr. Donavan at a meeting with Al. DesLaurier President of the Drivers association and Dave Buffett Secretary of the association.

Terry Morier of the Liaison Committee who is also the VP (Dartmouth Representative) of the Drivers Association tried to bring this issue back to the liaison level due to the hardship to the taxi industry and the complaints from the taxi drivers. This letter was sent to and received by the city clerk and was not followed up on by Mr. Kevin Hindle.

 

 

E-mail: clerks@halifax.ca

April Stewart

Administrator, Records & Access

Office of the Municipal Clerk
1841 Argyle Street
PO Box 1749, Halifax
Nova Scotia B3J 3A5
490-4210 (phone)
490-4208 (fax)

" My name is Terry Morier, I am part of the taxi/limo committee as a taxi rep. Also am the VP for Dartmouth zone as part of the H.T.D.O.A."

"We would like to have as part of the next Taxi/limo Advisory Committee meeting an addition to the Agenda in regards to taxi waiting list and toll bridge concerns.  An expansion on details of how the taxi industry is adversely affected on both topics. Ultimately, this info should makes its way to Transportation Committee for the eventual implementation of our  proposal from our industry. In all fairness the concern we have, pertains to out of province potential taxi owners who should not be on waiting list taking the place of Nova Scotia residents.

Also the issue of the change in the by-law in bridge cost recovery is less than adequate for the industry ,causing undue hardship for all concern. Data from other jurisdictions will be collected and submitted for review .

Could the clerk's office please send this email to all on the committee, including Mrs. MacDoanld, Mr Donavan.

Thank You

Terry Morier

Liaison rep

 

 

 

 

Good Morning Mr. Morier,

Thank you for your email. As the Taxi & Limousine Liaison Group is coordinated by Taxi Office staff, I've forwarded it to them for a response.

 

April Stewart

Administrator, Records & Access

Office of the Municipal Clerk
1841 Argyle Street
PO Box 1749, Halifax
Nova Scotia B3J 3A5
490-4210 (phone)
490-4208 (fax)
E-mail:
 clerks@halifax.ca

 

The Dartmouth taxi drivers are the drivers that are  paying up to an extra $ 380 per month by this forced legislative law created by staff and not discussed within the industry or even council. This letter by a Dartmouth taxi driver may explain our side of the issue best.

April  2013

 

Reginald Linegar

P.O. Box 376

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y5

Car # 215  Bob's Taxi

 

Cathy Mellett

Office of the Municipal Clerk

City Hall 1842 Argyle Street

P.O. Box 1749

Halifax,  NS   B3J 3A5

 

 

Dear Ms. Mellett:

 

RE:  BY-LAW   T-108 Regulation of Taxis and Limousines     ( New Bridge Rate included in the taxi fare rates )

 

My name is Reginald Linegar. I have been a taxi driver in the HRM area for the past 35 years. Like many other cab drivers in the HRM I am concerned about the new taxi rates as it pertains to the additional expense when we have to cross the bridge. This expense was and is the responsibility of the passenger.  I have a concern, as do many other drivers regarding the new bridge rate. Including this as part of the new taxi fares has become a very contentious issue among HRM taxi drivers.

 

I should like to point out that the issue is not one of revenue but of expense. To force   drivers to  incur part (60 %)  of the of the cost of a bridge crossing is to give the passenger a discount which is not permitted in our bylaws due to the HRM'S responsibility to set the rates for the industry.  This is one reason why the HRM sets the rates across the board for all HRM taxi drivers and companies.

I believe that there has not been sufficient Due-Diligence performed to justify this change and addition to the taxi rates. 

Of course, the bridge fee is a visible expense for the customer when we transport them across the bridge.  The cab driver must be reimbursed in full for this direct out of pocket expense at the time the service is delivered. The expense is usually added to the extras part of the fare on the meter, but in fact is not an extra but an expense. The bridge rate cannot  be included in the overall taxi rate due to its sporadic occurrence. I believe the HRM has over stepped its mandate in regulating the cost of the bridge and diverting most of the cost (60%) to the driver.

I believe there are a number of points to be considered regarding this expense, its addition to taxi rates, and the use of the MacPass System.

(1)   Not all drivers use the MacPass, many use cash.

(2)  With regard to the MacPass. It is used as a convenience for the drivers so they do not have to use the small amount of change that is carried. Also, to save time at the toll booth obtaining the necessary change as we used to do. It is not used as a supplemental revenue source.

(3)   The bridge rate is an expense as previously stated and is similar in  nature to the Interact-Fees that are charged,  which the passenger also pays at the time service is delivered.

(4)   Cost:  A driver previously adding  a regular charge of $70.00  to a credit card  and recovering the full rate of $2.00 would now have to incur an equivalent expense of $175.00 based on receiving 40% of the actual cost.  (This is based on the bridge rate being two and one half times (2.5) of what the driver actually recovers.

 ($2.00 / .80 = 2.5 ) or 40% of actual cost.)

 

(5)   Further :  At $70.00 a month that is 35 crossings at 2.00 per crossing.  At .80 X 35 crossings = $28.00 A net loss of  $42.00      ( $ 70 - $28 ) to be incurred by the driver. The monthly amount added to a credit card will now have to significantly increase, in addition to interest charges on funds that are not recovered.

(6)   With regard to the perceived  MacPass Discount, where a credit card is used. Most Credit-Card companies charge an annual interest rate of 20% or greater. Following a first in last out system of payment for twelve (12) months ($.80 X 20%) equates to a $.96 cost of this expense which you can see nullifies any bridge discount. And no preferential treatment is afforded the bridge fee in regard to payment. The actual cost is $.96 after payment is made. Some payment plans are longer and rates higher which negates the bridge discount and actually may increase the cost to the driver based on balance elimination of the credit card.  I personally use a 12 month system. Therefore any discount is lost based on the time period multiplied by the rate.

(7)   Looking at the return call rate. The approximate return rate for bridge crossings is approximately 1/ 15 calls, based on personal experience of 35 years.

(8)   Return trips across the bridge are performed on a no cost basis for the customers.

(9)   Most passengers believe that the bridge fee is an expense, and should be recovered by the driver.

Cab drivers would like to see this issue resolved through a non- interference policy by the HRM as it pertains to taxi expenses vs. taxi revenue.  Neither the HRM or the taxi driver has total control over operating expenses.

 However, we do seek discounts on other parts and labor etc. when available. Taxis have many other expenses to contend with, the bridge fee is just one of them.

In conclusion, this rule could amount to a significant yearly expense incurred by the driver. It could easily add up to over a $1000.00 yearly expense. I will not go into how long it would take the average cab driver to recover this unusual loss since it would be have to be based on net revenue. I believe it is unfair for the HRM to expect cab drivers to incur this expense in order to save each round trip passenger who crosses the bridge ($.40), assuming they will be returning by cab.  This is an insignificant amount for the passenger , but as pointed out may be very significant to the driver.

Ours truly, Reginald Linegar

 

I have been driving taxi since 1965 when the bridge started collecting tolls from taxi drivers we always were allowed to retrieve our expenses.  If staff would have done their research they would have found that taxis all over North America collect for tolls and expenses. To top it all off I mentioned and it was mentioned at the Liaison level that taxi drivers collect tolls both ways when we go over the Cobequid Pass and we were told to use the long dangerous way back on the old high ways. Staff should not have been allowed to present T1000 without taxi input or Councillor input. T1000 hurt our industry and should be revised after input with Councillors only not staff. I went to all councillors meetings concerning taxi issues and when staff was asked if there was taxi input they have always said yes.

We as a drivers association who represents the three zones would like to continue with the liaison group approach to the taxi industry but would like Mr. Kevin Hindle replaced as chair and put in as advisory position only. We believe that a person who has the ability to run a fare and balanced meeting and is not so closely linked to the taxi industry would do much better. An HRM Councillor

Thank You

Al DesLaurier President Drivers Association

 



May 4, 2013

A Message From The Taxi Driver's Association

Click Here for - Newsletter Pg. 1-2 from the T.D.A. , in MS Word format

Click Here for - Newsletter Pg 3-4 from the T.D.A. , in MS Word format

Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


May 2, 2013

Dues

Driver`s Association $2 Dues Clarification

We have been recently made aware that some drivers may be confused about what their $2 per week membership fees include. In the pursuit for transparency would like to clarify.

The Driver`s Association is a group of volunteer HRM taxi drivers working together to bring about positive change and a singular voice for all taxi drivers in HRM.

To date, we have been active lobbying HRM decision makers for positive changes such as:

- Better and more transparent communication within the taxi industry
- The creation of a properly functioning Taxi School for new driver training
- A regular and automatic meter rate review process

We have also been investigating other benefits for HRM taxi drivers including the possibility of obtaining group health benefits, and volume discounts on car parts and repairs.

We understand that some drivers may be under the impression that their $2 Drivers Association membership fees will provide them with free health benefits. Unfortunately this is not the case, any and all health benefits currently being investigated WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL COST over and above the $2 per week Driver`s Association membership fees.

We are not yet certain what these costs will be, however we know the cost will be directly related to the number of taxi drivers who sign up as association members, and anticipate it to be within the $x - $y per month range.

For clarity, the $2 Drivers Association membership fees are being collected because a successful association, with proper representation, cannot be achieved without the financial support of industry stakeholders.

Professional advice, printing, websites, and administration all have real costs that the volunteer association leaders cannot be responsible to bear.

If you have any questions about this or any communication relating to the Drivers Association, please contact us at: htdoassoc@mail.com

Sincerely,
Your Drivers Association Board of Directors


April 23, 2013

Drivers Association

If drivers have any concerns we encourage you to speak to the Vice President for your zone.
The association has four drivers on the Tax/Limo Liaison Committee and we are prepared to address all matters brought to our attention.

The Vice Presidents are:
County zone Tim Auld RL 045
Dartmouth zone Terry Moirier RL A025
Halifax zone Billy Mastrapas RL 201

Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


April 22, 2013

Rooflights

The Drivers Association is asking city staff to restrict rooflight registrations to people living in this province.
We discussed limiting to the HRM but there are people who live outside the area who drive cab in the HRM.
The purpose is to free up rooflights being held by those living outside the province and in many cases the country who rent to drivers.

Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
driversassoc@gmail.com


April 22, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Roof Light List



The Drivers Association is going to ask city staff to provide a form similar to this when taxi driver's licenses are renewed annually.
Our concern is that drivers are not being provided with a written copy of where they are on the rooflight list.



_________________ you are number_____ on the rooflight list.

Signature_____________________

Name of licensing staff (please print)______________________

Thanks
Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 20, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

We are our own enemies



Complaints fall on our shoulders.

People aren't happy with the inconsistency of service from local taxi companies

These are web pages that concern our industry and should be read:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/10/24/ns-taxi-council.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/10/13/ns-halifax-cab-complaints.html

http://unews.ca/customers-complain-about-hrm-taxis

Thanks
Al. DesLaurier
President Taxi Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 20, 2013

   Taxi Drivers Association

Taxicab Passenger / Operator Code of Ethics



As a taxicab passenger, you have the right to:
1. A professional operator who is courteous and knowledgeable and who practices good hygiene.
2. Be transported by the most direct route unless you request a different route.
3. Expect all reasonable assistance in entering or exiting the vehicle when requested.
4. Expect all reasonable assistance in loading or unload items in or out the vehicle when requested.
5. Expect no other person(s) to be in the vehicle while you are being transported unless your consent is given.
6. Expect a receipt upon request which indicates the fare charged, the date, time, a company name.
7. Expect that there be no smoking at any time in the vehicle.
8. A taxicab in good mechanical and physical condition.
9. A taxicab that has a clean passenger and trunk compartment and vehicle exterior.
10. A taxicab which is clearly identifiable and has the municipal licence clearly displayed.
11. A taxicab with a meter which charges an accurate fare for the distance and time travelled according to regulations.

Your taxicab operator has the right to expect a passenger or passengers to:
1. Behave in a civil manner.
2. Refrain from smoking, drinking or eating food inside the taxicab.
3. Not leave the interior of the vehicle in an unsanitary or unusable condition.
4. Not distract or otherwise prevent the operator from focusing on driving the taxi cab.
5. Clearly disclose their destination prior to departure.
6. Confirm a method of payment upon request.
7. Prompt payment of the posted fare.
8. Provide a deposit, up to the estimated amount of the fare, in advance, if requested.

Service may be refused or interrupted in the following circumstances:
1. Passenger refuses to show proof of payment or partial payment in advance as requested.
2. Passenger request would constitute the driver breaking the law or violating the HRM taxi & limousine regulations.
3. Passenger appears to be in need of emergency medical assistance.
4. Passenger refuses to disclose a specific final destination or the person(s) conduct is such it causes an operator to be fearful for his or her safety.
Updated April 2013

Thanks
Al. DesLaurier
President Taxi Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 19, 2013

From the Taxi Drivers Association

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
TAXI & LIMOUSINE LIAISON GROUP
MINUTES March 19, 2013
PRESENT: Elizabeth Foy, Citizen David Marriott, Halifax Taxi Terry Morier, Dartmouth Taxi Mark Weston, Accessible Taxi Tim Auld, County Taxi Tom Boyd, Accessibility Committee Joeanne Coffey, Citizen Derek Mathers, Taxi Broker

STAFF: Kevin Hindle REGRETS: Andrea MacDonald


April 19, 2013

From the Taxi Drivers Association

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
TAXI AND LIMOUSINE LIAISON GROUP
AGENDA

April 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Introduction of new member
Meeting Facilitator - _____________________________________________
- Minutes from March 2013 meeting

AGENDA ITEMS:
1. Windsor Street Proposal, (Roddy MacIntyre, Transportation Public Works) - Fairview Overpass / Main Ave.
2. Passenger/Driver Code of Ethics (Update)
3. Displaying Information in Vehicles
4. Owner License Holders - (Residential Address)
5. Taxi Services - Contact Information Change (311)
6. Report Status
Automatic Rate Review Mechanism - (Being Drafted)
COORESPONDANCES:
Mr. Al DesLaurier, dated April 9, 2013, Taxi Association Message Casino Taxi, dated April 14, 2013, Suggestions

- ADJOURNMENT


April 19, 2013

From the Taxi Drivers Association

I can't believe that the laws in Toronto are different then the laws in Halifax for drivers list but they are.

Taxi Drivers Association


Dear Ms. xxxxx

I would like to thank you for your valuable assistance with regards to the question of who is on the roof light list. This has long been a contentious issue within the industry for many years. Your prompt and professional approach to this matter will go a long way to improving relations between the industry and staff.

Best regards
Al


Mr. DesLaurier,

Further to your correspondence below, I provide the following information:

The Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, section 133 A(1) states such drivers list shall be open and accessible to the public...." . HRM's taxi By-law and Administrative Order do not contain a similar provision.

We have denied access to this list several times in the past, for the following reasons:

" Municipal Government Act (MGA) Part XX Section 480(1) - the disclosure would be an unreasonable invasion of the third party's personal privacy as it represents personal information; and

" MGA Part XX Section 480(2)(e) - disclosure of the personal information could unfairly expose the third party to financial or other harm

A Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) review of one of our denial decisions in 2004 agreed with HRM's position and concluded "that disclosing the names on the taxi owner license waiting list would be an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy." Therefore, we would not include a similar provision in our By-law and Administrative Order.

I trust this information is of assistance.

xxxxxxxx


Mayor and Council
I would like to thank all the Councillors who helped create the Transport Committee and the Taxi and Limo Liaison Group. Some of you may not know that the Taxi Drivers Association for the first time in the History of the HRM has created an all zone association which has membership and representation in all three zones. The association has one President and is represented by Vice Presidents in all zones, Halifax, Dartmouth and County.
This association we believe finally has a place at the table. I am writing this letter because I have taken all appropriate avenues to resolve a taxi issue and now have to address this grievance directly to the Mayor and Council.
Since the creation of the taxi list for new drivers there is a reluctance for staff to provide the names and the position of new drivers who wait sometimes up to ten years for a roof light number. This list should be posted on the HRM site.
The answer from staff is; It has to do with confidentially. The inspector who is on the Taxi Limousine Liaison group gives this answer. I personally talked to Mr. Donovan and Mrs. MacDonald at a meeting and the answer was the same.
My next step in the process is to go to the Mayor and Council and this is the avenue that I must take and this is what I have been told by Mr. Donovan and Mrs. MacDonald when discussing other issues. The question we ask them at that meeting was, what is the procedure for our industry to move issues a head. Answer; bring issues to your association, vote and then give them to the members of your association who sit on the Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group and if not resolved then go to Council.
The question I have for the Mayor and Councillors and staff is: " Are the Canadian laws in Toronto any different from the Canadian laws in Halifax. ' below is a web site from Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards Division that gives the Taxi Drivers List. The list was generated on April 4th, 2013 at 12:40am. This information is subject to change; please check back frequently or call 416-392-6700 for details. On this list is the names of 1046 taxi drivers, position on the list, WL no. We do we not have the same rights in the HRM.
http://www.toronto.ca/licensing/pub/wl.htm

Al. Deslaurier
President Taxi Drivers Association


April 19, 2013

From the TAXI DRIVERS ASSOCIATION

This document was given to the Association by the V.P. of the Dartmouth zone. We will be using this as part of our presentation to the Transport Committee. We are presently trying to reverse the staffs logic on this bridge fare issue. We are presently at the Taxi Limo Liaison group level of negotiation which seems to be a dead end. If they do not reverse the T1000 bridge fare charge back to two dollars then we will be moving the agenda to the next level. the Transport Committee If anyone out there has more info to add to this document please feel free to send to our web site.

April 2013

Reginald Linegar
P.O. Box 376
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y5
Car # 215 Bob's Taxi

Cathy Mellett
Office of the Municipal Clerk
City Hall 1842 Argyle Street
P.O. Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Dear Ms. Mellett:

RE: BY-LAW T-108 Regulation of Taxis and Limousines ( New Bridge Rate included in the taxi fare rates )

My name is Reginald Linegar. I have been a taxi driver in the HRM area for the past 35 years. Like many other cab drivers in the HRM I am concerned about the new taxi rates as it pertains to the additional expense when we have to cross the bridge. This expense was and is the responsibility of the passenger. I have a concern, as do many other drivers regarding the new bridge rate. Including this as part of the new taxi fares has become a very contentious issue among HRM taxi drivers.


I should like to point out that the issue is not one of revenue but of expense. To force drivers to incur part (60 %) of the of the cost of a bridge crossing is to give the passenger a discount which is not permitted in our bylaws due to the HRM'S responsibility to set the rates for the industry. This is one reason why the HRM sets the rates across the board for all HRM taxi drivers and companies. I believe that there has not been sufficient Due-Diligence performed to justify this change and addition to the taxi rates.

Of course, the bridge fee is a visible expense for the customer when we transport them across the bridge. The cab driver must be reimbursed in full for this direct out of pocket expense at the time the service is delivered. The expense is usually added to the extras part of the fare on the meter, but in fact is not an extra but an expense. The bridge rate cannot be included in the overall taxi rate due to its sporadic occurrence. I believe the HRM has over stepped its mandate in regulating the cost of the bridge and diverting most of the cost (60%) to the driver.

I believe there are a number of points to be considered regarding this expense, its addition to taxi rates, and the use of the MacPass System.

(1) Not all drivers use the MacPass, many use cash.

(2) With regard to the MacPass. It is used as a convenience for the drivers so they do not have to use the small amount of change that is carried. Also, to save time at the toll booth obtaining the necessary change as we used to do. It is not used as a supplemental revenue source.

(3) The bridge rate is an expense as previously stated and is similar in nature to the Interact-Fees that are charged, which the passenger also pays at the time service is delivered.

(4) Cost: A driver previously adding a regular charge of $70.00 to a credit card and recovering the full rate of $2.00 would now have to incur an equivalent expense of $175.00 based on receiving 40% of the actual cost. ( This is based on the bridge rate being two and one half times (2.5) of what the driver actually recovers. ($2.00 / .80 = 2.5 ) or 40% of actual cost.)

(5) Further : At $70.00 a month that is 35 crossings at 2.00 per crossing. At .80 X 35 crossings = $28.00 A net loss of $42.00 ( $ 70 - $28 ) to be incurred by the driver. The monthly amount added to a credit card will now have to significantly increase, in addition to interest charges on funds that are not recovered.

(6) With regard to the perceived MacPass Discount, where a credit card is used. Most Credit-Card companies charge an annual interest rate of 20% or greater. Following a first in last out system of payment for twelve (12) months ($.80 X 20%) equates to a $.96 cost of this expense which you can see nullifies any bridge discount. And no preferential treatment is afforded the bridge fee in regard to payment. The actual cost is $.96 after payment is made. Some payment plans are longer and rates higher which negates the bridge discount and actually may increase the cost to the driver based on balance elimination of the credit card. I personally use a 12 month system. Therefore any discount is lost based on the time period multiplied by the rate.

(7) Looking at the return call rate.The approximate return rate for bridge crossings is approximately 1/ 15 calls, based on personal experience of 35 years.

(8) Return trips across the bridge are performed on a no cost basis for the customers.

(9) Most passengers believe that the bridge fee is an expense, and should be recovered by the driver.

Cab drivers would like to see this issue resolved through a non- interference policy by the HRM as it pertains to taxi expenses vs. taxi revenue. Neither the HRM or the taxi driver has total control over operating expenses. However, we do seek discounts on other parts and labor etc. when available. Taxis have many other expenses to contend with, the bridge fee is just one of them.

In conclusion, this rule could amount to a significant yearly expense incurred by the driver. It could easily add up to over a $1000.00 yearly expense. I will not go into how long it would take the average cab driver to recover this unusual loss since it would be have to be based on net revenue. I believe it is unfair for the HRM to expect cab drivers to incur this expense in order to save each round trip passenger who crosses the bridge ($.40), assuming they will be returning by cab. This is an insignificant amount for the passenger , but as pointed out may be very significant to the driver.

Ours truly,

Reginald Linegard


April 16, 2013

Park Lane

Good day xxxxxxx
When we met last fall I found our meeting very productive and informative.
There is however one recurring issue which is the taxi stand/parking on Spring Garden Rd.
Taxi drivers are under constant pressure from the Downtown Business Commission and city council to have more cars downtown yet there is inadequate parking.
Most businesses on the North side of Spring Garden close at 6 pm.
Is there an option of making that side of the street from Parklane mall Eastward no parking from 6 am. to 6 pm?

Regards
Dave Buffett

Hi Dave,
I'll check into that option.
And I suspect you wish it to be 'no parking - taxi stand'?


Not at all. As long as it is open parking after 6 pm couriers, the public and taxis can park there.

Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Association
htdoasoc@gmail.com


April 9, 2013

   HTDOA

Taxi Association Thank You



Once again I want to thank Brian Herman Operations Manager of Casino Taxi for taking the lead in collecting association dues with weekly office rent.

The project was launched on Monday April 8th with an overwhelming success rate of 97% acceptance. We were there four a total of four hours and will be back next week. We also were given a place to leave membership applications and drivers news letters.

In assisting the Drivers Casino Taxi is taking another step to improve the lives of all industry professionals.

Thank you Brian.

Al. DesLaurier
President HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 9, 2013

   HTDOA

Letter To Mayor and Council



I have sent this through the clerks office to the major, staff, Mr, Butts, Mr. Donovan, Mrs. MacDonald and the Inspectors office.

Mayor and Council

I would like to thank all the Councillors who helped create the Transport Committee and the Taxi and Limo Liaison Group. Some of you may not know that the Taxi Drivers Association for the first time in the History of the HRM has created an all zone association which has membership and representation in all three zones. The association has one President and is represented by Vice Presidents in all zones, Halifax, Dartmouth and County.

This association we believe finally has a place at the table. I am writing this letter because I have taken all appropriate avenues to resolve a taxi issue and now have to address this grievance directly to the Mayor and Council.

Since the creation of the taxi list for new drivers there is a reluctance for staff to provide the names and the position of new drivers who wait sometimes up to ten years for a roof light number. This list should be posted on the HRM site.

The answer from staff is; It has to do with confidentially. The inspector who is on the Taxi Limousine Liaison group gives this answer. I personally talked to Mr. Donovan and Mrs. MacDonald at a meeting and the answer was the same.

My next step in the process is to go to the Mayor and Council and this is the avenue that I must take and this is what I have been told by Mr. Donovan and Mrs. MacDonald when discussing other issues. The question we ask them at that meeting was, what is the procedure for our industry to move issues a head. Answer; bring issues to your association, vote and then give them to the members of your association who sit on the Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group and if not resolved then go to Council.

The question I have for the Mayor and Councillors and staff is: " Are the Canadian laws in Toronto any different from the Canadian laws in Halifax. ' below is a web site from Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards Division that gives the Taxi Drivers List. The list was generated on April 4th, 2013 at 12:40am. This information is subject to change; please check back frequently or call 416-392-6700 for details. On this list is the names of 1046 taxi drivers, position on the list, WL no. We do we not have the same rights in the HRM.

http://www.toronto.ca/licensing/pub/wl.htm

Thanks
Al. DesLaurier
President HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 6, 2013

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

Click Here for - Newsletter about the H.T.D.O.A. , in MS Word format

Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 6, 2013

Drivers Association

The board of the Drivers Association held our 3rd meeting of the year on Tuesday April 2nd from 6 til 7 p.m.

Topics discussed included:

The formation of the school for new drivers.

The best method for getting medical benefits for drivers.

The concern that many drivers are not fluent in the English language.

There was much discussion surrounding getting dues paying members.

Dave Buffett RL 730
Drivers Asociation
htdoassoc@gmail.com


April 5, 2013

   HTDOA

News Release



I would like to thank Kim Howatt, Dave Buffett and Ron Delaney for starting a pilot program concerning the creation of a taxi school for new taxi drivers. This is a very large undertaking and its well on its way.

I would like to thank Kim Howatt, Billy Mastrapas and Dave Buffett for starting a monthly News Letter. The first letter has been printed and delivered to Casino taxi, Yellow cab, Bob's taxi, Satellite taxi, Aries Garage and the Airport.

I would also like to thank Kim Howatt for her work in forming a pilot program concern Health coverage for members of the association through the Chamber of Commerce.

I would also like to thank the Management at Casino taxi for their help in collecting association membership dues through their weekly rent. This process will start on April 8. Membership applications will be in the outer Casino Taxi office to be filled out and also a permission document to be filled out concerning dues to be added to your office rent and both passed into the office through the letter envelop slot. Two dollars a week will be added to your office rent for the members who are willing to pay in this fashion. There are also yearly and quarterly payment plan.

We are now a three zone association and we have a huge problem facing us. The HRM is on the path of deregulating us which means no limitation on the number of roof lights given out. We must not wait for a crisis to arise we must prepare now. Money for lawyers is our only hope. We also need a strong association with membership ready to face this oncoming deregulation battle. It will be to late when they are voting to remove limitation.

Thanks Al. DesLaurier
President Drivers
htdoassoc@gmail.com


March 20, 2013

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

Click Here for - News Release about the H.T.D.O.A. , in MS Word format

Al Deslaurier
President Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


March 13, 2013

Drivers Association news letter

Beginning the first Monday in April and the first Monday of each month after that the Drivers Association will be distributing a news letter.
The purpose is to inform drivers what the association is doing for you.

We will also include safety tips and updates of what the Taxi/limo committee is planning.

There will often be an opinion column similar to what is found in main stream news papers. This will provide an opportunity for drivers to express their point of view.

Dave Buffett
Drivers Association
htdoassoc@gmail.com


March 5, 2013

HTDOA

On Tuesday March 5th the newly elected executive and board of the HTDOA held our second meeting.
  • Kim Howatt provided comprehensive information on the proposed medical/dental plan. We asked Kim to consider doing a survey to determine driver interest.
  • The reps that are on the Taxi/Limo liaison will address the issue of people living out of province being ineligible to have rooflight. Our concern is that there are drivers paying to rent a rooflight to someone who should not have one. These people return to the HRM once each year to renew their lease.
  • It was decided that the four members that are on the taxi committee will form a subcommittee to discuss issues they are taking to that committee.
  • We intend to ask that new drivers attend a "Taxi School" and that they pass a conversational English test not the current test which does not require English competency.


Your association!
Your future!

Dave Buffett RL 730 HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


February 13, 2013

H.T.D.O.A.

On Tuesday February 12th the all zone executive and board held its first meeting from 6 until 7:30.
We talked about a number of issues that will go before the taxi/limo committee; we began a discussion on health benefits which will be further discussed next month.
We are looking into getting better pricing on tires and auto parts now that we are a relatively large association.
There was much discussion about dues and it was agreed that if people pay the first half year they will see progress being made and collecting dues for the second half would be a little easier.
It is very obvious that the new group will gel nicely and much work will get done.

Your association!
Your future!

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


February 8, 2013

HTDOA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting can only be described as very successful.
The agenda was followed which allowed ideas to be conveyed in a timely manner.
The guest speaker Matt McPherson of McPherson and Associates Labour Consultants, provided an excellent presentation on how we can improve our industry and our lives.
There were no outbursts and when the meeting was opened to comments and questions from the floor anyone who wanted to speak had an opportunity.
There were a number of reasons provided supporting an all zone association and the vote was over 90% in favor.
Next week the HTDOA will have its first ever all zone executive/board meeting. Times are changing we have to accept and embrace those changes.

Please tell other drivers the importance of following this site.
Your association!
Your future

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


February 7, 2013

Letter to Airport Authority

MRS. TOWERS Airport Authority This year we changed the direction of the association at the annual meeting. The membership voted on a new type of executive and structure which would add the Dartmouth taxi drivers and the County drivers and it passed by 99%. At that meeting we also voted on keeping the name the same by 99 %.

This is the new Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association positions:

President Al. DesLaurier Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. County Zone Tim Auld County Zone Taxi Driver
V.P. Halifax Zone Billy Mastrapa Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. Dartmouth Zone Terry Morier , Dartmouth Taxi Driver Owner and also Wheel Chair Accessible
Secretary Dave Buffett Halifax Taxi Driver.
Treasurer Clarence (Dutchie) Webb Halifax Taxi Driver

Board of Directors Ron Delaney Halifax Taxi Driver
Board of Directors Kim Howett Halifax Taxi Driver Resource Officer
Board of Directors Dave Marriott Halifax taxi driver
Board of Directors Lewis MacDonald Halifax Taxi Driver and County taxi owner
Board of Directors Ken Paul Halifax Taxi Driver
Board of Directors Susan Sweet/Bowers National Taxi Safety Rep.
Board of Directors Mark Weston Halifax Taxi Driver Wheel Chair Accessible


Also we have added to the executive of the HRM Medallion Agency

HRM Medallion Agency (850 Taxi Driver Membership):

President Al. DesLaurier Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. County Zone Tim Auld County Zone Taxi Driver
V.P. Halifax Zone Dave Buffett Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. Dartmouth Zone Terry Morier , Dartmouth Taxi Driver Owner and also Wheel Chair Accessible

Al. DesLaurier


January 7, 2013


   HTDOA

Message from President

Last year was a busy year for the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association. Dave Buffet in his new position as Secretary will be giving an over view of the work done by last year's association in the near future.

I would like to thank those who helped to work together and created the most pro-active organization in the history of the drivers group.

I would like to thank those also who did not re offer this year. This year we held the most democratic election ever held in the history of the group. We asked for drivers to put their names in months in advance with a cut-off date and did things by the book.

This year also we changed the directive the organization at the annual meeting of the association by asking the membership to vote on a new type of executive and structure which would add the Dartmouth taxi drivers and the County drivers and it passed by 99%. At that meeting we also voted on keeping the name the same by 99 %.

As Dave Buffet mentioned at the meeting we cannot move ahead without money. We will be keeping this taxi site as the main informational hub for our association.

This is the new Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association positions:

President Al. DesLaurier Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. County Zone Tim Auld County Zone Taxi Driver
V.P. Halifax Zone Billy Mastrapa Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. Dartmouth Zone Terry Morier , Dartmouth Taxi Driver Owner and also Wheel Chair Accessible
Secretary Dave Buffett Halifax Taxi Driver.
Treasurer Clarence (Dutchie) Webb Halifax Taxi Driver

Board of Directors Ron Delaney Halifax Taxi Driver
Board of Directors Kim Howett Halifax Taxi Driver Resource Officer
Board of Directors Dave Marriott Halifax taxi driver
Board of Directors Lewis MacDonald Halifax Taxi Driver and County taxi owner
Board of Directors Ken Paul Halifax Taxi Driver
Board of Directors Susan Sweet/Bowers National Taxi Safety Rep.
Board of Directors Mark Weston Halifax Taxi Driver Wheel Chair Accessible


Also we have added to the executive of the HRM Medallion Agency

HRM Medallion Agency (850 Taxi Driver Membership):

President Al. DesLaurier Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. County Zone Tim Auld County Zone Taxi Driver
V.P. Halifax Zone Dave Buffett Halifax Taxi Driver
V.P. Dartmouth Zone Terry Morier , Dartmouth Taxi Driver Owner and also Wheel Chair Accessible

The Agency has been very successful this year by having the Medallion proposal move forward to the last stage of its journey. The HRM Council at the last meeting of the old council passed a motion on the floor presented by Councilor Jennifer Watts to have staff bring forward a working paper on our proposal.

We have to thank Jennifer Watts and Councilor Walker and the others who helped vote this proposal into the next stage of our journey. No matter the outcome of the medallion proposal we are finally at bat. We will either strike out or hit a home run. We are at the last stage of this journey we would like to thank all who helped us this far.

President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


February 3, 2013

HTDOA

Tuesday February 5th the HTDOA will hold it's annual meeting at 5540 Russell St. the corner of Russell and Gottingen.

This will not be a typical taxi meeting there will be a uniformed Police Constable to ensure that persons who disrupt the meeting will be removed.
In addition we will have a leading labor consultant as a guest speaker.
He will tell us how he can help us improve our security and daily working conditions.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Your association!
Your future!

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 26, 2013


   HTDOA

H.T.D.O.A. NOTICE

The H.T.D.O.A. will be holding our annual meeting on Tuesday February 5th at St. Marks Center 5540 Russell St. The corner of Russell and Gottingen Streets. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:15.
  • There will be security present and persons who interrupt the meeting needlessly will be escorted out. No exceptions! (HPD)
  • The agenda will be as follows:
  • The president will call the meeting to order.
  • The interim executive and board members will provide a year in review this will be an overview of what has been done and will provide a treasurers report.
  • Dave Buffett will explain the advantages of paying $2.00 per week association dues.
  • Terry Morier will talk about open zones from the perspective of a Dartmouth driver.
  • Kim Howitt will talk about medical benefits similar to Blue Cross.
  • Anyone who has reserved the right to speak will do so next.
  • The meeting will be open to comments and questions.
  • The vote will be held.
  • The meeting will adjourn.
  • Please note you must bring your taxi license to be admitted.


President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


January 21, 2013


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

Next mouth we will be starting a new era in the taxi association.

This past association has been the first to hold monthly meetings with organized agenda's and electronic voting for the executive and board.

The minutes of all meetings have been posted on this site. We also have taken the bold step of running an election in the proper manner.

The democratic way which is to ask for nominations months in advance with a closing date and following the rules that most government elections follow. Once the date is met and nominations closed we announced the candidates.

Two weeks ago Dave Buffet and myself were contacted by the Mayors office which resulted in a request by HRM staff to attend a meeting of understanding between the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association and the HRM Medallion Agency and the HRM.

At that meeting the association for the first time has been given a proper path of communication to staff and a proper path for appeal through council (transportation committee). In addition at that meeting we discussed a lot of other taxi issues concerning T1000 which I will present at the general meeting.



Another issue I would like to bring up is the Lawyer for driver protection plan. This protection plan has nothing to do with going to court for a driver who has offences against him. It would only be for taxi appeal hearings for taxi drivers licences or taxi roof light issues. These appeals in the run of a year would only affect a handful of drivers.

We want to start a mechanism so that we can get other things added on to that collective process, for example Blue Cross.

If we would have hired a lawyer when we were trying to put forth a raise it definitely would not of taken eight years. We would also have in place a two year review. How much money has the taxi industry lost in eight years?

If you want to hear more about the work we have done please attend the meeting.

President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


January 17, 2013


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

The following are candidates for the HTDOA

Lewis MacDonald/Director
Mark Weston/Director
Ron Delaney/Director
Susan Sweet/Bowers/Director
Terry Morier/VP Dartmouth
Tim Auld/VP County
Dave Marriott/Director
Billy Mastrapa/VP Halifax
Kim Howett/Director
Al DesLaurier/President
Ken Paul/Director
Clarence (Dutchie) Webb/Treasurer
Dave Buffett/Secretary

President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


January 16, 2013

HTDOA Mailing Address

The HTDOA now has a permanent mailing address.
We realized the need for this and began searching for the best location.
We considered a private mailing service that rents mail box's and Canada Post.
The Almon Street branch of Canada Post was available but we secured a box at the RPO in the Pharmasave on the Herring Cove Road for $37.00 per year less.
Both locations of Canada Post cost less than the private service.

The mailing address is:
HTDOA
PO Box 20146
205 Herring Cove Rd.
Halifax,N.S.
B3P 1L1

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 11, 2013


   HTDOA

Notice

Deadline for nominations was Jan 7th midnight
Offered to rerun: Terry Webb (Dutchie), Ron Delaney, Ken Paul, Lewis MacDonald, Dave Buffet, Al.DesLaurier.
Names who did not re-offer: Robert Richards, Alfie Snow, Ralph Doyle, John Fink.
I would like to thank all who took part in last year's work. We will be giving the names of the new people who are running at the yearly meeting in Feb. The election and speakers are all in place and there is still time for you to put yourself on the speakers list. There will be special speakers and presentation which will be upcoming. Contact us or email your thoughts through the association email site.

President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


January 9, 2013

HTDOA

HTDOA 2013 Annual Meeting Format


The meeting will begin at 7:15 with opening remarks from the president.
  • The executive and board members will present first before the floor will be opened for comments and questions.
  • Al DesLaurier will introduce those at the head table by name RL number and position.
    E.g. This is Dutchie RL 319 he is our treasurer.
  • Al will provide a summary of what we have done over the past year.
  • Dutchie will provide an itemized treasurers report.
  • Terry Moirier will speak on the effect of open zones from the perspective of a Dartmouth driver.
  • Dave will talk about the advantages of collecting dues and the payment methods.
  • Any other members of the exec/board that want to present will speak next.
  • Then we will read any comments that were supplied in writing. If a person wants us to read his/her comment they can provide it in writing. Some people are not comfortable speaking in front of a crowd and some have a language barrier.
  • Anyone who has reserved the right to present speaks next.
  • Al explains why we want an all zone association, associations in the past have not worked lets grow in numbers. (This must be voted on)
  • Meeting is open to the floor.


Please note: The HTDOA is currently a Halifax only association.
Those who wish to vote on the issue of an all zone association must present their taxi drivers license.
The intent of joining drivers from all three zones is not related to dropping zones, it is simply a means of pooling talent and dues to build a strong team.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 9, 2013

HTDOA Meeting

The interim executive/board of the HTDOA held it's fourteenth meeting on Tuesday January 8th from six to seven thirty.
The main topic discussed was the format of the annual meeting.
In addition we agreed to rent a mail box for the purpose of drivers mailing association dues if they are not paying $2.00 per week with office rent.
The mailbox will also be used for brokers to mail cheques for the amount of dues drivers have paid with office rent.
We will compare prices with Canada Post and the UPS Store.
We also agreed to buy an ink cartridge for the printer being used to print notices.
There was considerable discussion about the strength of a large association compared to a small association.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 8, 2013

All zone associaton

About a decade ago the Royal Bank and the Bank of Montreal attempted to merge.The plan would have meant this countries two largest banks would have formed one bank so large that they'd have dwarfed the smaller banks. In order for this to go ahead the Government of Canada had to approve.
Approval was not given.It was decided that the merger would give the "Super Bank" to much power.

Dalhousie University,the University of Kings College and the Technical University of Nova Scotia were separate schools but they merged because of the advantages of being a big fish in the pond.

For many decades the Maritime Tel & Tel Company provided telephone service in Nova Scotia.
Island Tel serviced PEI,N.B. Tel serviced New Brunswick and Newfoundland Tel serviced that province.
Not too many years ago they saw how small they were compared to the giants south of the border and merged thus forming Aliant.
They had to merge or be bullied by big american companies.

The Halifax taxi industry is far less understood by city council and staff then stray cats,at about the time corporate leaders were making multi billion dollar deals city council was debating the cost of a cat house.

It is long past time we stood together as a unified voice and let our concerns be heard.
When the bar owners had 610 cabs at their disposal we were to blame for everything that went wrong.
Now they have 984 and we are still at fault.

If you support an all zone association you must attend the annual meeting to vote for it.
If you are against you must attend to vote against.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 7, 2013

Letter sent to Major, Councilors and staff

To the Mayor, councilors and staff
Confusion Created by staff

This is part of a letter that I received from Advantage Taximeter owner Michael Bowers. Mike is a taxi meter specialist who has his own business called Advantage Taximeter at 356-255 Windmill RD. Mike received his Certificate of training from Pulsar Technology Systems INC. and has successfully completed an intensive training program in the repair, calibration and maintenance of taximeters. He has been working full time at his business for 13 years. Mike told me that Mr. Hindle told him that the meters that he changed had been done wrong. Mike went over the National Standards and gave Mr. Hindle the information that was stated in the HRM by law and the explanation of how the meters had to be calibrated to National Standards and gave information from the meter hand book on how to calibrate the meter. He also clarified the meanings of different taximeter terms and basic operating parameter values inputs such as initial drop distance, additional drop distance, the flag drop, the increment, and some general history.

On Friday November. 16 one day before the rate change came into effect Mike talked with Mr. Kevin Hindle in relation to the way the meter rates were to be implemented such as the 13 cent increment and tried to ensure that Mr. Hindle could actually visualize it counting by pennies and also the 0 meters dist $3.20 holds for before the 1st increment of 13 cents. " I said Kevin picture this you're in a taxi the driver turn's his meter on and starts to drive you will see $3.33 on the meter right away with a '0' meter initial drop distance are you sure it's not a mistake? He said yes your right 0 is what it says in the HRM by law. Ok than that's what we will program them to for the initial drop distance in meters of 0 meters and I said thank you and Kevin said no problem.

" I then visited his old employer who is the other meter dealer axis mobility later that day to see if they still needed to borrow some meter tags and to see what they made out of all this messed up rate dealing with pennies. Pat Conley one of the owners of axis mobility understood it was going to be incremented buy 10 cents from his conversation with Hindle. I said you're wrong call Mr. Hindle yourself. So Pat did and Pat had to give me the phone because Kevin wasn't making sense. So I explained to Kevin, Pat thinks you're saying it's ok to do it in dimes and its really in 13 cent increments after the 1st initial inc. it's by pennies and I discussed the 0 meters initial drop distance with Mr. Hindle on the phone in front of Pat to clarify this 0 meter which is almost as dumb as making the meters count by pennies.

After clarifying the 0 meter drop both meter men started changing meters according to the meter by law.

"Monday November 19 2012. It's Kevin Hindle on the phone. Kevin said he was thinking back to our conversation on Friday and said he thinks I may have misunderstood him. He then explained he didn't want the 13 cents coming up right away and is wrong because it's charging the public for distance not even traveled yet. I said, I have books and manuals that prove otherwise, PLUS THE BY LAW STATES THIS RATE. Things didn't add up so I said thank you and ended are conversation."

"I decided I should have gotten everything on paper so I called Kevin again and requested an email he said ok I will do so. I received the email stating the car has to move 76.7 meters before it can increment the first 13 cents than every 76.7 meters after that to protect myself because it's in contradiction as to how the bylaw is written as $3.20 for 0 meters."

"The intentions of whoever wrote the meter tariff is visibly seen that they wanted the initial drop distance meters to be the same as the additional drop distance but what is written is the law 0 meters is 0 meters they shouldn't have neglected all the details in the tariff such as 13 cent increments or having an extras charge that's out of line with what's allowed to be charged for tolls."

"If you look at the Canadian municipalities chart from the standing transportation board committee HRM is the only city with a 0 written were the initial drop distance figures are. All the other ones that have equal initial and addition drop distance have equal data in each coulomb but HRM has no data but 0's."

"Also these values are directly programmable into the taximeters but I've had to program the initial drop distance as 76.7 meters to get them to run the way Kevin wants i had to remove the 0 meters from the 1st few i did on the 17 - 18 of November even though that's what the bylaw says because Kevin said it wasn't fair. This Kevin's interpretation of the law but is not the law"

I Michael Bowers have been in the taxi business for 25 years and operated a taximeter business for the last 13 years but also used to help a fellow friend in the meter business 18 years ago before buying his business I also worked with the last owner of the pulsar dealership here and bought his business to become a pulsar dealer of the best taximeters in north America there's even a pulsar in the cash cab show from television. I am the expert here. I have had training and keep up with all the new automotive technology that affects the operation of the taximeter in today's complicated vehicles and have business all across the province Staff has interfered into the professional operation of the meter standards. Kevin Hindle interpretation of the by law is breaking the law. The HRM has created the only city in Canada that has a 0 meter rating. Staff should be held accountable for this mistake. There are some taxi's in the HRM that are breaking the bylaw and others that Mr. Hindle want changed so that they also will break the law. There is today two different taxi fares structure in HRM due to staff, the right way and Mr. Hindle way. Mr. Hindle and staff have their own interpretation on the taxi industry and the only people who should have input is the industry itself but they have blocked us out. I have sent many letters this month to the Mayor, Council and staff about the control over our industry by non professionals and it really makes me angry with the arrogance they have when they stand in front of council and state that they have industry input. They must be held accountable, maybe this is why our industry is looked at as dysfunctional. WHO IS GOING TO PAY THE EXPENCE OF CHANGING THE METERS AGAIN, Kevin?

AL. DesLaurier
President of the Halifax Drivers Owners Association
President of the HRM Medallion Agency


January 6, 2013

Letter sent to Major, Councilors and staff

Justice Denied
On Nov 19th a taxi driver by the name of Hieu Nguyen contacted me through the management of Casino Taxi. I met with him that day and listened to his story and decided to hand off the matter to Dave Buffett Vice President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association. I furthered my part of the investigation by talking to taxi drivers that had lost their taxi licences and learned that they were notified of the appeal process by the inspector the day of their suspension.

I then contacted Mr. Nguyen and asked him if the inspector had given him any appeal process information. Mr. Nguyen told me that he had asked Mr. Kevin Hindle when he could get his taxi licence back and was told not until after his trail probably a year down the road and that there was no appeal process. Justice denied!

At this point justice was denied. This driver's licence was not suspended because he has a history of violence but because he was defending himself. Due process was not given to this twelve year veteran of the taxi industry. Mr. Hindle admitted that this driver had no previous misconduct on his record. Mr. Hindle did not check with Casino taxi which gave Mr. Nguyen an A plus work performance record.

Once Heiu retained a lawyer who called Mr. Hindle and the proper procedure was followed. On Thursday Dec.20th an appeal committee consisting of four Councillors ruled that Mr. Nguyen was not a risk to the public and his license was to be reinstated. It was not until the afternoon of Tuesday 25th that the licensing division reinstated his license. This raises some serious concerns. Was the licensing division so busy they couldn't reinstate his license sooner. This can be easily verified by examining the recorded number of inspections during the time frame in question. Is this what it appears to be Racism or incompetents? If its incompetents then someone must be held accountable. This is not the first letter I sent to the Major and Councillors and staff over taxi issues this month. Staff is making the Mayor and Council appear incompetent. It is apparent that staff runs the HRM, not the elected officials. There must be accountability between staff and politicians without that we become a Banana Republic.

Al.DesLaurier
President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association
President of the HRM Medallion Agencies( 850 Members )


January 3, 2013


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

The HTDOA is holding our annual meeting and election on February 5th at 7pm.The meeting will be held at the Ward 5 Community Center 5540 Russell Street. At the corner of Russell and Gottingen.

The agenda will be posted after our monthly meeting of Tuesday January 8th.

Anyone who wants to speak will be given five minutes, anyone who wants to present but is uncomfortable is encouraged to email their comments to our email address or provide a written copy to a member of our executive/board.

President HTDOA
Al. DesLaurier


January 1, 2013

HTDOA Dues

I sent the following letter to the executive/board members of the HTDOA in December for review. Asking drivers to pay dues is a service to drivers and the industry.
Council plays fast and loose with the rules changing them on a whim, we need legal representation.
We will continue (if re-elected) to work tirelessly to improve the lively-hood of all drivers but without a lawyer we are limited in what we can do.

Fellas,
If we are going to be a truly effective association we need a lawyer, one we can call to represent drivers at no cost directly to the driver.

o         There are drivers who although not driving without insurance lost their rooflight because their insurance expired.

o         There are drivers that were in hospital and could not get to the licensing office on time and lost their rooflight and license.

o         Drivers are suspended at the stroke of a pen for petty reasons.

o         The city refuses to listen to us, in short we are an association of meetings, no wonder we have little support among drivers.

o         With really important issues the lawyer can write to the city and speak in person on our behalf.

o         There are many more advantages to having a lawyer on retainer.

The set up would look something like this:
When a driver is being un fairly treated he/she does not call the lawyer, the cost could go through the roof.
He or she contacts the association and one of three members of the executive/board email the lawyer.
The reason for one of three is:
If for example the president is the only person authorized to contact the lawyer he or she may not be available.
The reason for emailing the lawyer is in an email we can provide clearly the following information, Name, phone number, email address if available driver concern.
The association will have an agreement in place where the lawyer agrees that a typical appeal equals for example 5 hours at the rate he charges. The driver is told that if he calls or emails the lawyer needlessly he is cutting into his allotted time.
In some situations the lawyer may contact us and ask for more hours because of the nature of the appeal, this will go to a vote of the executive/board.

I propose we start collecting dues in the amount of $2.00 per week for a total of $104.00 per year.
This can be done in two ways:
1.        Drivers sign a form to add $2.00 per week to their office rent.
2.        We set up a PO Box for about $100.00 per year and drivers have the option to send a money order every three months in the amount of $26.00.

Some drivers may choose two $52.00 payments or one $104.00 payment.

The offices can have a sheet that looks something like this:
I __________ Rooflight number____ authorize (taxi company) to add $2.00 each week to my office rent which will be forwarded to the HTDOA.

Signature _______________

Dave

Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


January 1, 2013

Election

Notice

The Halifax Taxi drivers Owner's Association (HTDOA) will be holding an election of executives and board members in late January.
We are seeking nominations from all three zones.

Halifax, Dartmouth, County

The current executive and board members are offering to continue in their capacity however persons interested in running against them may do so.
Nominations are open for the following positions:
President
Vice President Halifax Zone
VP Dartmouth Zone
VP County Zone
Airport Representative
Secretary
Treasurer
Board members

For more information or to seek nomination please email us at htdoassoc@gmail.com

Please note: The deadline for nominations is January 7th.

Follow our posts on hfxtaxi.com


Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 18, 2012

HTDOA

The annual meeting and election has been scheduled for Tuesday February 5th. at Ward 5 Community Center located at 5540 Russell St. Halifax.The corner of Gottingen and Russell.
In the past the association has rented the forum at a cost of $550.00 this year we chose the Ward 5 center for the following reasons.
*Ron Delaney has secured the center for a price that can't be beat. We paid more at the Rink in Spryfield which people thought was too remote.

*The Ward 5 center is in the center of town and between the bridges.

We urge all drivers to attend. If you want something said at the meeting but are concerned about speaking in front of a large crowd or if you don't feel that you can express your self clearly simply email us your statement and it will be read.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 18, 2012

HTDOA Dues

There are drivers who have lost their rooflight and gone to the back of the list because their insurance lapsed. These drivers were not driving without insurance but in some cases were out of the country visiting sick or dying family members.
There are drivers who lost their rooflight because they were gravely ill and could not attend the licensing office at the appropriate time and went to the back of the list.
We have had drivers un-fairly suspended who could not afford a lawyer to represent them at the appeal process.
If the HTDOA were to begin collecting $2.00 per week in dues we can provide a lawyer to put a stop to all of this.
We can provide that same lawyer to offer advice when a driver has his/her license suspended and to speak for the driver during the appeal hearing.
There is no question as to whether or not we can afford two dollars per week.
We cannot afford not to pay the princely sum of $2.00 per week.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 12, 2012

Election

The deadline for nominations for the HTDOA is January 7th.
We are asking for input from all three zones.
We usually meet for one hour each month (sometimes twice)and we exchange emails through the month to share ideas and pass along what drivers are telling us they want.
If you want to join the executive/board email the address below and your name will be on the ballets.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 11, 2012


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

Major and Councilors

Promises made-Promise Broken

The Taxi Industry in the HRM is upbeat after the election believing that this Mayor and council will be open and transparent concerning our industry. We would like to address something that can be accomplished very easily and quickly. The last council eight years ago promise the taxi man that they would have the opportunity to go in front of council every two years in discussing the possibility of an increase in fares with the cost of living. Promise broken. If this promise would have been keep no matter the result the taxi industry would have been a partner with the HRM. It was not kept and a lot of anger and frustration occurred needlessly.

Four months ago Mr. Hendsbee, (who we thank for doing this)stated at the Transport Committee meeting in Dartmouth that the HRM should not be involved in this business but the UARB should be the agent, twice in the transport meeting this statement was made and he asked staff to look into it. In the last meeting of council this year Mr. Hendsbee stated again the HRM should ask the UARB to deal with the taxi raise and asked staff to look into the UARB.

We as an Association and a the separate HRM Medallion Agency do not trust the HRM staff process. We have found what goes in does not come out the way it goes in. We would prefer to deal directly with the Transportation Committee.

Six months ago two board members and myself visited the office of a Provincial Minister. We went with a large number of questions and we got our answers that day. Concerning the UARB and the Taxi Industry we were told that we as an Agency or Association could not apply to them directly but it was very simple for the HRM to do so, we accomplished this answer in ten minutes. Some of you know what the function of the UARB has and some may not.

UARB

We are an independent quasi-judicial body with both regulatory functions and adjudicative jurisdiction over a wide scope of subject areas.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to fairly and independently resolve matters.

We as a taxi industry believe that we need an independent third party to deal with us ever two years no matter the outcome. We do not know if the URB would consider us or not but we would like Council to ask. We believe that under the Motor Carrier Division (Public Passenger) Rules and Regulation that we may have an avenue to fit in.

Thank You
Al. DesLaurier President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Association
                   President of the HRM Medallion Agency

President
Al. DesLaurier


December 7, 2012


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

Number 3

Now for all you arm chair quarterbacks, here is your chance to put your two cents in. I have given you all the councillors email addresses including the Majors on this site. Now you can write them personally and then post your emails on this site so that we know that you are on our side. This is #3 of six letters that we are going to send to the Major and Counsel and staff on different subjects and we would like you to help the taxi drivers in the HRM rather than sit there and throw grenades at me. Thanks Al

Jurisdiction and Compliance by Brokers to the T 1000

Under the definitions below in T 1000 it gives a clear understanding of what a zone is. We have three in the HRM, Halifax zone, Dartmouth zone and County zone. Vehicles are licensed for their zone only. The ordnance states that a driver may pick up in his zone and drop off in his zone or drop off in any other zone but may not pick up in a zone that his vehicle is not licensed in and drop of in that same zone that his vehicle is not licensed in.

I am President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association and my concern is with all three zones. I have been asked by the taxi drivers in Dartmouth if I could help them with some concerns that they have in the Dartmouth zone. The reason they ask for our associations help is that there are two taxi Companies in Dartmouth and they are controlled by the same group of people. The taxi drivers in Dartmouth fear that their complaints would cause reprisals so they wisely asked for our help to bring their grievances to the proper authorities.

Their complaint is that the owners' of the Dartmouth Taxi Companies have put into place in their taxi computer system a program that creates an overlapping of zones by the companies County Drivers which means that a county car that is only licensed for the County which works for the company will be able to do local Dartmouth calls which is against the by law. Dartmouth to Dartmouth calls. I understand that this bylaw does not included office brokers but it is still complicity. I believe that if anyone is an accomplice in helping anyone break the law they should be held accountable. So I am lodging a formal complaint for the Taxi Drivers in Dartmouth to the Mayor all the councilors and Staff.

3.0 DEFINITIONS
"zone" means the geographical service area in respect of which a taxi owner's license is issued, as prescribed by Administrative Order 39.
28.0 COMPLIANCE

28.1 The driver of a licensed vehicle for hire must comply with the following rules while in control of the vehicle to which the license relates:
(i) the person's destination violates any owner's license zone restrictions applicable to the vehicle under this by-law;

Thank You
Al. DesLaurier: President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association
                   President of the HRM Medallion Agency (850 plus members spread over all three zones)

President
Al. DesLaurier


December 7, 2012


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE
Number 2

Now for all you arm chair quarterbacks, here is your chance to put your two cents in. I have given you all the councillors email addresses including the Majors on this site. Now you can write them personally and then post your emails on this site so that we know that you are on our side. This is the second of six letters that we are going to send to the Major and Counsel and staff on different subjects and we would like you to help the taxi drivers in the HRM rather than sit there and throw grenades at me. Thanks Al

Mayor and Councillors

The new taxi ordnance has put into place a new law that states that taxi drivers from all zones have the same driving rights in all zones. Which means that a Sackville taxi driver who has not written a test for the Dartmouth or Halifax zone can drive in those zones even if he or she does not have knowledge of those zones. We would like to know why staff has not consulted the Taxi Industry in this matter. The reason most taxi drivers have written tests is to prove their ability to drive in the zone they want to drive in. If they fail they are not qualified to serve the public in that zone. The reason we have rules and regulations is to serve the public in a professional manner. Most taxi drivers who fail the Halifax zone taxi test will go to Dartmouth to try the test there and if they fail there then they go to County. The degree of knowledge is considerably different in every zone.

For the last thirty years through the US and Canada there have been arguments on deregulation and regulation. The two most promoted neutral third party agencies that are in the fore front of information gathering are Price Water House Government Services and the TTLF Tennessee Transportation and Logistics Foundation. These two consulting firms have conducted studies for all the major cities in Canada and the US. They have both stated after forty years of research that the verdict is clear. Deregulation is dead. To properly service any traveling public a jurisdiction must have tightly administered regulation in policy. We also have the same information from over eighty studies that we have provided staff already.

If staff wants a unified license that is a fine and noble cause but at least get the driver to write the test to quality for their license. We would also like to know the reason for such a move by the staff. It seems to bring an unqualified driver into an area which could be dangerous to him and frustrating to the customer. The taxi industry is moving backwards in the area of professionalism. We the drivers are constantly hearing from counselors and staff that the first priority is customer service and safety. We would like an explanation as to how customer service is a reason for this move. One of the greatest complaints we receive in the Halifax zone is that the new drivers do not know where they are going and yet new drivers have passed the test. I do not have my Dartmouth license or my County license and I do have difficulty in knowing the shortest and quickest ways around these two zones. In the Halifax zone I do have some experience and a street book but I also have the ability to ask the Halifax taxi dispatch for help. With all the new streets and buildings in HRM our dispatcher sometimes has difficulty in helping us out. The staff has brought this new drivers exemption to the last council at the last council meeting at the last hour without bringing it for discussion which would have been the best method. Now we have to try and repeal this law unless someone can tell me that it is to the benefit of the customer and safety of the driver.

That is another thing, this staff has put together a new T1000 by law which has taken over two years to put together and I just heard about it after it was passed. I would like the city clerk to send the staff responsible for this law the definition of liaison.

The new taxi ordnance T 1000 was passed in the last session of the last council. Ninety per cent of the T1000 was never open for discussion. I talked to Gary Jollymore the Halifax rep on the Halifax Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group and he has been with the group from the start and he told me that this was never discussed and this T 1000 was together in staff hands for over a year. This is the dysfunctional attitude that we face with staff. I have been to two Transport Committee meetings and one full council meeting when staff address the old council and openly stated that they had input from the taxi industry. How can that be? None of us have ever discussed T 1000 at any meeting. I hope that the new mayor and council keep their promise and starts listing to a important part of the transport industry the taxi driver. Please get yourself out of the back room mentality that gave the public a very bad taste about the previous council

The traveling public is paying more than the going rate everyday because too many drivers do not know the streets.

We want an opportunity to appeal these changes.

T 1000----3.0 DEFINITIONS----3.1 In this by-law

"Appeal Committee" means the Committee established by the Municipality with authority to hear appeals of decisions made or actions taken pursuant to the provisions of this by-law;

Thank You
Al. DesLaurier: President of the Halifax Taxi Owners Association
                   President of the HRM Medallion Agency

President
Al. DesLaurier


December 6, 2012

HTDOA

The interim executive and board of the HTDOA held it's 13th meeting on Tuesday Dec. 6th The focus of the meeting was the erosion of zones, common licenses and the fact that a taxi company is dispatching county cabs in the Dartmouth zone in direct violation of the bylaws.
We have begun to bring our concerns to staff and councilors.

Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 6, 2012

HTDOA

Ask not what the association can do for you! Ask what you can do for the association!
The progress of the HTDOA can not be measured the way you might measure a car repair. We can not remove worn brake pads and install new ones.
We constantly look at what is happening in the industry and try to right the wrongs.
We can not demand this or that but with your help we can apply pressure.
Only a small percent of drivers have ever called or written to their councilors. Councils roll in the taxi industry is simply to ensure the public gets good service at a fair price. We need you to remind them of that roll.

That is not always the case, a perfect example is staff making licenses common to all zones. As it stands everyday someone is taken the long way from A to B to C instead of from A to B within zones in which drivers have been tested as part of the licensing process.Now those drivers are given a license for zones they have not shown any knowledge of.
If that is not enough a driver applying for an Assesible License has to pay the cost of writing tests for all three zones.This is not fair to the drivers paying for what is free and not fair for the public who are told to pay whats on the meter whether it was the long route or not.
The HTDOA is not the group that meets at a conference room it is all drivers.
GET INVOLVED

Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 5, 2012


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

Now for all you arm chair quarterbacks, here is your chance to put your two cents in. I have given you all the councillors email addresses including the Majors on this site. Now you can write them personally and then post your emails on this site so that we know that you are on our side. This is the first of six letters that we are going to send to the Major and Counsel and staff on different subjects and we would like you to help the taxi drivers in the HRM rather then sit there and throw grenades at me. Thanks Al

To Mayor and Counselors and the Taxi Limousine Liaison Group

The HRM Taxi drivers are confused by the new taxi by law that has taken money away from the HRM taxi driver for no reason. With the new raise you give us money in one hand and staff takes it away in another. In the new raise that we have received by the last counsel there was an addition to the law that we as a taxi driver do not understand. This addition was not discussed with us through the Taxi Limousine Liaison Group. It was not discussed at any of the council meetings that I have attendant concerning taxi issues and we have not been given any input or reason for the law.

This law states that the taxi driver who travels over the bridge can only recover $.80 of the $ 2.00 that he must pay into the tolls to complete his or her job or fare legally. Some of you may remember that the staff at the Transportation Committee meeting and full council meetings when asked about the taxi raise stated that the industry was consulted in developing this new raise. We would like to know when and who in our industry was consulted. Not even the drivers on the Taxi/Limo Liaison Committee were privy to this.

We as an industry have been recovering the bridge expense as long as the bridge has been collecting it. The reason for the recovery of the bridge toll is that we as an industry have three zones in the HRM. Each zone has rules that govern it concerning picking up and dropping off of customers. Each zone taxi driver is legally licensed to pick up in his zone and drop off in his zone. If a taxi driver in HRM picks up in a zone that he is not licensed in he or she cannot drop off in the same zone, it is illegal. This has been in effect since before the HRM was established. The reason for this is, agreements over the years through the taxi industry and City Councillors in the two different Cities and the County. Then when the HRM was established it was not changed. We have been recovering bridge fares which is an expense to the driver since the bridge has been collecting them. This has been the responsibility of the customer for ever. You as councillors are not expected to pay out of pocket for your job and most business are the same.

This brings up two issues with the taxi driver of the HRM. Who proposed this and why and why was the industry not asked for input. We the industry have constantly blamed HRM council for their decisions in the past but we are starting to see that the blame has to go to staff. This decision was made in the last days of the last HRM council and has started conspiracy theories that make counselors look incompetent. Why does something that goes against all the logic and tradition of our industry happen in the dark. We would like to protest the constant interference by staff without our input or knowledge. Who ran the last council? Who makes policy? Why do we not have a place at the table? Concerning the taxi industry, staff is making council look very bad. For example they have put our meter into a penny mode, when the penny is being done away with. They were told that it could be done a different way but you have staff dealing with an industry that no one listens to, it's my way or the highway. We all know that running Halifax is a huge job but it is not very difficult to make a phone call or have a discussion with us.

This new law will create hardship for many a taxi driver. In the Halifax zone the taxi driver may lose up to $100-$150 per month but in the Dartmouth zone it could be doubled because the Dartmouth zone is a bedroom community to the Halifax zone. The margins in the taxi business are so very tight that most full time taxi drivers have to work six to seven days a week twelve hours a day to make a living. To increase these hours would created a safety issue. Imagine telling city employees they have to take a $200.00 a month pay cut.

To make matters worse the extras in taxi meters in the HRM are set at .70 increments this means drivers loose $130.00 every time they cross the bridge and proves that the industry had no input.

We have a new Mayor and Council now and we would like a chance in appealing this law with an explanation as to why it was put in place by staff in the first place. We would also like to go to the Transport Committee rather than the Taxi Limousine Liaison Group. The reason is past experience with the taxi Group which is very negative. We as an association tried many times to make presentations to this group and were refused entry and as the HRM Medallion agency (850 taxi members) tried to access this group and have been refused entry. Out of respect to the new council I will try and put this issue on the agenda with the Taxi Limousine Liaison group for next month's meeting and will give you follow up by email of my success. This is going backwards. The staff created the law and staff runs this Taxi Limousine Liaison group so we have a conflict of interest.

This Taxi Limousine Liaison Group is controlled and run by staff and we have no right of appeal we believe that there should be a mechanism put in place that we can appeal through written notice to a HRM councillor or the mayor.

Staff could not have looked up the word Liaison in the dictionary. I don't have a government dictionary just an old plan English dictionary.

Liaison: "communication and contact between groups or units- one that acts as an agent between parties, intermediary"

Al. DesLaurier (President Halifax Taxi Drivers Association)
                   (President of the HRM Taxi Medallion Agency)



President
Al. DesLaurier


December 1, 2012

Election

For more than a month we have been posting notices asking people to submit their name as candidates for the HTDOA election.
To date only two people have offered.It only requires a few hours each week.
We want your help.

Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


December 1, 2012

Election

Notice

The Halifax Taxi drivers Owner's Association (HTDOA) will be holding an election of executives and board members in late January. We are seeking nominations from all three zones.

Halifax, Dartmouth, County

The current executive and board members are offering to continue in their capacity however persons interested in running against them may do so. Nominations are open for the following positions:
President
Vice President Halifax Zone
VP Dartmouth Zone
VP County Zone
Airport Representative
Secretary
Treasurer
Board members

For more information or to seek nomination please email us at htdoassoc@gmail.com

Please note: The deadline for nominations is January 7th.

Follow our posts on hfxtaxi.com


Dave Buffett RL 730
htdoassoc@gmail.com


November 29, 2012


   HTDOA

News Release

The new transport committee has been formed the Halifax Taxi Limosine Liason Committee is not formed yet.

Standing Committees of Council
Transportation
Membership

Councillor David Hendsbee - District 2 - Preston - Porters Lake - Eastern Shore
Councillor Darren Fisher - District 6 - Harbourview - Burnside - Dartmouth East
Councillor Reg Rankin - Chair - District 12 - Timberlea - Beechville - Clayton Park West
Councillor Jennifer Watts - Vice Chair - District 8 - Peninsula North
Councillor Tim Outhit- District 16 - Bedford-Wentworth
Councillor Barry Dalrymple- District 1 - Waverley-Fall River-Musquodoboit Valley
Councillor Waye Mason- District 7 - Peninsula West-Downtown
Councillor Russell Walker- District 10 - Birch Cove-Rockingham-Fairview

President
Al. DesLaurier


November 28, 2012


   HTDOA

A MESSAGE

For all of you that think we as an association are not aware of our responsibility to the taxi drivers and are not willing to do anything about the bridge toll issue or the other issues that have come up with the new taxi ordnance then you are miss informed.
First, because of the new council we have to wait until the new Transport Committee is reformed and also have to wait until the new Taxi Limousine Liaison Committee is reformed.
We cannot do anything until those things happened.

I would have thought that all you arm chair quarter backs out there would known that.
What we have done while waiting is to send a letter to all the names below and the letter is also below.

In the future when we address an issue we will send all below a copy by email and also post them on this site.

If any of you arm chair quarter backs want a hard copy sent to you personally then email me your home address and I will deliver it.

Thanks AL


District 1-Barry Dalrymple
Barry.Dalrymple@halifax.ca

District 2-David Hendsbee
David.Hendsbee@halifax.ca

District 3-Bill Karsten
karstenb@halifax.ca

District 4-Lorelei Nicoll
Lorelei.Nicoll@halifax.ca

District 5-Gloria McCluskey
mcclusg@halifax.ca

District 6-Darren Fisher
Darren.Fisher@halifax.ca

District 7-Waye Mason
Waye.Mason@halifax.ca

District 8-Jennifer Watts
Jennifer.Watts@halifax.ca

District 9-Linda Mosher
Linda.Mosher@halifax.ca

District 10-Russell Walker
walkerr@halifax.ca

District 11-Stephen Adams
adamss@halifax.ca

District 12-Reg Rankin
rankinr@halifax.ca

District 13-Matt Whitman
Matt.Whitman@halifax.ca

District 14-Brad Johns
Brad.Johns@halifax.ca

District 15-Steve Craig
Steve.Craig@halifax.ca

District 16-Tim Outhit
outhitt@halifax.ca

Mayor Mike Savage
mayor@halifax.ca


Mayor and Councillors
Fare and Balanced

Congratulations to all. We in the taxi industry hope that both our industry and the HRM administration can begin the next four years in a spirit of partnership and co operation. The last four years have been confusing to us in that the Taxi Committee was dissolved and replaced with a Transportation committee and then a Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group was put in place between the taxi man and the Transport committee. This committee was put in place to filter out the issues before we could present to the Transport committee. Due to the confusion created we have lost our ability to present issues to you. The Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group was established so that the taxi industry would have a forum established to present the needs of all the stakeholders. In the last two years we have had considerable problems in establishing any contact with the Taxi and Limousine Liaison Committee. We as an association and as a separate Agency (850 plus taxi members) have up until this date have had no meetings with this Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group. During the last sixteen months the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association has attempted eight times to come forward with different proposals concerning the taxi industry in the HRM. The HRM Medallion Agency has made four attempts to have a meeting to present one proposal to the Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group. To have our proposals heard we had to go over their heads many times with the last Mayor and with many of the last Councillors. We find this very frustrating.

We in the taxi industry need a forum established that will give us the opportunity to bring forward our needs and the public's needs. We also need a mechanism where the Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group has one Counselor as an appeal agent so that we will have an opportunity to appeal. We would also like to suggest a re-formation of the present Taxi and Liaison Group so that it will represent all the taxi men in the HRM. The present Halifax taxi zone driver representative is very good choice but he is an Airport taxi driver and has not turned on his meter in ten years. He runs under the flat rate system. There are many different types of taxi operators' in the Halifax zone. Some that work in large taxi offices fully computerized, some that work in smaller ones that have open radio systems, some that work in smaller offices that have no radios who would just do pickups from the streets and some that work in one car offices. Due to the different needs to the public we need a larger Halifax zone representation on the Taxi and Liaison Group to mirror the true taxi industry, Remember this group is a volunteer taxi group and has no trouble finding taxi drivers to represent them.

With regards to the configuration of the new Taxi and Limousine Liaison Group that was created to be a conduit between the Taxi Driver and the Council, this group's present arrangement is un-fair and un-balanced. The present arrangement of the group is; Halifax zone one driver for six hundred and twenty five roof lights, the Dartmouth zone one driver for two hundred roof lights, the County zone no taxi driver for two hundred roof lights. In the County zone we have a limo driver chosen for the taxi and one limo driver rep for 160 limo drivers in the H.R.M.

The configuration of the group should be three taxi reps for the Halifax zone for the six hundred and twenty one drivers in that zone (one rep for each two hundred Halifax zone driver), Dartmouth zone with one for two hundred taxi drivers, remove the limo driver who is representing the County zone taxi drivers and replace him with a taxi driver from that zone. This makes a more balanced approach due to the numbers in each zone. We need balanced representation to make the group work in harmony and honesty.

With three appointed reps who share the load for six hundred and twenty one taxi roof lights in the Halifax taxi zone the communication will be clear, honest and free from discrimination. Once that is accomplished the group will work in harmony creating certain conditions that will make the travelling public the main concern. This new configuration will be looked at as a powerful voice and not tainted with conspiracy theories that run rampant in the taxi industry. All documents that are produced from this new group will be well scrutinized by all taxi zones and limo reps and when proposals are presented to the Transport Committee there will be full confidence from the taxi industry that they have been through a fair and balance assessment.

We in the taxi industry just want a place at the table. The main concern is the needs of the public and the safety to the public. We hope that you take our approach as a sign of future co-operation and partnership that this industry desperately needs.

Al. DesLaurier President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers and Owners Association (Six Hundred and twenty one roof lights in Halifax zone)
President of the HRM Taxi Medallion Agency (850 plus taxi members in the HRM)

President
Al. DesLaurier


November 21, 2012

We need you to get involved

We would like to congratulate all the new and returning Councilors and we are asking this webmaster to post their names and email addresses ever month so that you all can get your views know to them. We need you to get involved

District 1-Barry Dalrymple
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District 2-David Hendsbee
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District 3


District 4-Lorelei Nicoll
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District 5-Gloria McCluskey
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District 6-Darren Fisher
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District 7-Waye Mason
Waye.Mason@halifax.ca

District 8-Jennifer Watts
Jennifer.Watts@halifax.ca

District 9-Linda Mosher
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District 10-Russell Walker
walkerr@halifax.ca

District 11-Stephen Adams
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District 12-Reg Rankin
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District 13-Matt Whitman
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District 14-Brad Johns
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District 15-Steve Craig
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District 16-Tim Outhit
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Mayor Mike Savage
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Thanks Al. DesLaurier



November 8, 2012

Raise

Mr. Buffett, Once we have determined the advertising date which advises the public of the legislation changes, that is also the date when the changes become law.

Drivers from that date forward will be given a timeframe to have the new meter rates installed and the new calibration slips submitted to the Taxi Licensing Office.

Our office will soon be releasing a communication to the industry outlining the changes and the date of when these changes will be taking effect.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Sincerely
XXXXXXXX



Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


November 7, 2012

HTDOA

The interim executive/board of the HTDOA held it's 12th meeting on Tuesday Nov 6th from 6 to 7 pm.
*There was discussion around adding stands to the downtown core Ralph brought suggestions in from drivers.
We will be meeting with a city engineer to try to find ways of adding stands very soon.
*The taxi/limo committee is required to provide notice this month that the current members have been serving for one year.
We are going to try AGAIN to get a member of the HTDOA executive/board on the committee.
*We are considering printing business cards with the only purpose being to let drivers know the email address of the association.
We are concerned that drivers are not aware of how to pass suggestions or complaints along.
If approved they will look something like this:

                H.T.D.O.A.
          Email:htdoassoc@gmail.com
          We want your comments and ideas
          Follow our posts on hfxtaxi.com

Although we provide our email address with every post there are drivers who are not yet aware of this site.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


November 6, 2012

Raise

Good Morning Ms.XXXXXXX

I am the interim secretary of the Taxi Drivers Association.
We are being asked daily when we can begin changing our meters to reflect the raise.
Where can I obtain that information?
Thanks
Dave Buffett
HTDOA

Good Afternoon Mr. Buffett,

Thank you for your email. The changes are not yet in effect. I've forwarded your question to Taxi staff who are processing the amendments for a response.

Dave Buffett
RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


November 1, 2012

                                Notice

The Halifax Taxi drivers Owner's Association (HTDOA) will be holding an election of executives and board members in late January. We are seeking nominations from all three zones.

                Halifax, Dartmouth, County

The current executive and board members are offering to continue in their capacity however persons interested in running against them may do so. Nominations are open for the following positions:
                President
                Vice President Halifax Zone
                VP Dartmouth Zone
                VP County Zone
                Airport Representative
                Secretary
                Treasurer
                Board members

For more information or to seek nomination please email us at

htdoassoc@gmail.com

Please note: The deadline for nominations is January 7th.

Follow our posts on hfxtaxi.com

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 26, 2012

UARB

Mr.XXXXX
There is a councilor who has said on more then one occasion that the Utilities Review Board should deal with the regulation of H.R.M taxis. Al and I agree.

You might think it would be a simple to ask that councilor to push that idea. However it is not. Councilor's show little interest in our industry between elections.

o That leads me to our question. Can an association apply to the U.A.R.B asking them to be our regulatory body?
o Should we request an M.L.A to ask on our behalf?
o Do we have to ask a councilor to promote the idea?
We want to be able to present the idea at a general meeting.
Thanks John
Dave


Nothing is simple David. Who and what reports to the UARB is determined by provincial jurisdiction. You would have to convince the provincial government of the day that it should pass legislation to make that happen. That likely won't happen as this taxi network is municipal and not provincial in nature if that makes sense. Almost like airline companies fall under federal jurisdiction and not provincial as they cross borders. Hope that helps.

Regards XXXXXX

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 26, 2012

Taxi stands

Good day Mr.xxxxxx
My name is Dave Buffett and I am interim secretary of the Halifax Taxi drivers Owners Association.
My self and another member of my team are requesting a brief meeting with you to discuss taxi stands in the downtown.
The capacity of downtown stands is approximately eight during the day and an additional six from six pm. to six am.
The business district of Spring Garden Road road has one two car stand.
Council in a recent decision added 1920 cab hours to be added to the all ready in adequate stands.
We would like to suggest you consider the following changes:
A six cab night stand (6 pm.til 6 am.) on Argyle St in front of "The Dome"
A six cab night stand on the southeast side of Grafton St. Starting at Blowers. (the pizza corner)
A six cab night stand on the southeast side of Brunswick and Prince.This can service three busy bars.
A three cab night stand on Sackville at Granville.(one bar)
In front of Park Lane Mall on Spring Garden Rd move the accessible bus stop to where the current two cab stand is and put a six cab stand from the bus stop toward Dresden Row.
A six cab night stand on the northeast corner of Spring Garden Rd.and Dresden Row.
I look forward to your reply

Dave Buffett

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 26, 2012

Taxi parking

Good day Sir
At last nights public hearing a concern raised repeatedly was that taxi's do not have enough places to park.
The drivers association will be working with staff to add more taxi stands and increase the capacity of some existing stands.
However that serves no purpose if non taxi's park there.
It appears that (non police) parking enforcement staff are available for issuing tickets as directed by the police department. As I stated in my presentation the stand on Grafton Street is occupied seven nights per week with non taxi's if tickets are issued that will soon stop or be greatly reduced.
Are you willing to address this issue?

Another concern is the Spring Garden Road business district.
Couriers leave their van's unattended daily and there is a policy of not ticketing them.
On more then one occasion I was told to move my cab or be ticketed.
My reaction both times was to say "I'm parked behind a courier van are you issuing a ticket for the van? The answer was "we are told not to ticket couriers".
We are not asking that we leave our cabs unattended but that we not be forced to move thus loosing our place in the Que.

Thank you
Dave Buffett
Secretary H.T.D.O.A.

We'll certainly look after the parking issue on Grafton street, through the beat officers. The Spring Garden Rd question is a bit different in that though there are no parking areas, a vehicle can stop in this area if the driver is actively loading or unloading material, as per the Motor Vehicle Act.

Maybe give me a call tomorrow, so we can discuss, in the mean time, I'll send the Grafton Street issue to the Central Sgt's for attention.

Regards

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 25, 2012

Taxi pie

There are only so many calls to go round.
Comments such as "I don't care about the airport drivers" or "don't matter to me I work days" are far to common.
I have been driving for less then fourteen years and in that time it has been anything but a gravy train.
I have heard that years ago there were times when cabs were in constant demand but much has changed.
Buses cover almost every corner of the city and many households have two or more cars.
The number of calls to offices is simply not what it once was.
There are those who say it goes up but we all know how much time we wait between calls.
Let's use a simple one thousand calls per business day divided among all offices in the H.R.M.
If we draw a pie graph and divide it into slices everyone driving during those hours gets a slice of the pie.
The key to making a living is how big a slice.
Seems simple enough, but perhaps not.
The public hearing where zones were at stake had a light driver turnout.
Most drivers who work days seem to think that what happens at night is not their concern. WRONG.
When night drivers are not making enough at night they begin to work a little more during the day.
The result is that everyone gets a smaller piece of the pie.
Until we all start to work as one things will only get worse.


Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 24, 2012

Public Hearing

I am confident that the results of the hearing will be posted.
I simply want to say that with regards to zones we fought a good fight.
Councilor Adams supported the drivers.
With regards to the hearing overall a senior police officer presented crime statistics that convinced councilors to (on paper) further open the zones.
The zones have been open all along in that there is no enforcement.
Kevin Hindle was asked by Councilor Blumenthal who is on his Taxi/Limo committee and he was unable to answer the question.
It seems he did not have the list of names with him.
That gives me confidence that they meet regularly.
A raise was approved but I do not have the particulars.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 22, 2012

Notice

The Halifax Taxi drivers Owner's Association (HTDOA) will be holding an election of executives and board members in late January. We are seeking nominations from all three zones.

                Halifax, Dartmouth, County

The current executive and board members are offering to continue in their capacity however persons interested in running against them may do so. Nominations are open for the following positions:
                President
                Vice President Halifax Zone
                VP Dartmouth Zone
                VP County Zone
                Secretary
                Treasurer
                Board members

For more information or to seek nomination please email us at

htdoassoc@gmail.com

Please note: The deadline for nominations is January 7th.

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 22, 2012

Cab drivers

Who's going to listen to a few cab drivers?
What difference can we make?
These and other similar questions and comments have been around the industry for decades.
Let's start with the first one.
Using conservative numbers there are 1000 cab drivers in the H.R.M.
If 75% of us have a spouse or partner that number becomes 1750 people who have a voice.
If half of us have two children high school age or older (children currently of high school are will be eligible to vote and sway votes during the next Municipal election) that is 2750 people with a voice.


If all drivers have only four friends that number grows to 6750 people with a voice.
If 1000 drivers do twenty calls per day six days per week fifty weeks per year (this allows for downtime) and with an average of 1.5 people per call (based on some calls having one person and some having two or more) we reach 10,500 people per year per driver even when you consider repeat passengers our message is out there.

When you crunch the numbers we are not a few cab drivers. We are people with families and friends. We talk to lots of people.

What difference can we make?
There are those who berated us at every opportunity, both at meetings with peers and on radio talk shows.

Does our voice count?

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 21, 2012

Public Hearing

This is the subject that I have chosen to speak on at the meeting Tuesday. I can only speak on one subject and I only have five minutes.



My name is Al. DesLaurier; I am President of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association and I am also President of the HRM (Taxi) Medallion Agency which has over 750 signed members in the HRM three zones.

I have been a taxi driver in the Halifax zone since 1965.

Today I would like to present facts concerning the extending of the Halifax taxi zone night time hours under the Mayors Round Table on Crime.

This round table in its wisdom made assumptions that the problem in the downtown strip could be solved by simply adding taxis, more cars move more people.

On face value this seemed to be a very easy solution to the existing problem.

The premise is that more cars the less chance that pockets of red necks full of liquor would create problems in the downtown core.

In creating paddy wagon taxis the premise is that we would eliminate the crime totally in the bar district. Three thousand taxis downtown, no crime.

There is no evidence that this theory works.

Four years ago the HRM (taxi) medallion agency began its own study on this very issue.

Why, if there are 610 cars in the Halifax zone, are there not more drivers willing to work this lucrative area in any jurisdiction?

The downtown bar district?

We have found that the answer is DEMOGRAPHICS.

The Problem

(DEMOGRAPHICS) Part Time Taxi Industry in the HRM.

This problem started before Limitations was created (Limiting licenses). Before we had limitation on taxis, it was an open system anyone who passed a simple test would receive a taxi license and roof light number.

This created a part time taxi driver and part time taxi industry.

This evolution is not new to the taxi industry it has happened all over North America.

Most people could not make enough money in the taxi industry because of the numbers so they had to have other forms of employment.

In the HRM we do not have a taxi number problem we have a professional driver problem.

Out of one thousand taxi lights in the HRM there are a very small number that are full time taxi drivers.

1). There are presently a very large number of retired drivers collecting pensions from other careers.

(These are part time taxi drivers).

They will not play downtown because their pension plus working in a safer environment gives them enough income.

They usually do not have any mortgages or children at home.

They will not tolerate the alcohol abuse of the down town bar seen.

2) There are presently a very large number of taxi roof light owners that have a primary occupation (not driving taxi) and drive on days off.

(Part time taxi drivers).

Due to their full time jobs they can afford a better car.

They will not jeopardize their jobs or cars to work down town.

3). There are presently a very large number of older drivers (Part time taxi drivers) that have worked all their lives in the taxi industry and have no exit strategy.

(Retirement and illness plan).

I will not work down town.

I have been robbed, stabbed, attacked, and thrown up on when I was a younger taxi driver but I will not take that abuse today.

Taxi drivers are murdered, attacked, and abused.

We as taxi men are robbed every week.

We know what is needed downtown to make it work.

This problem is not new to the taxi industry in North America.

It has happened in all jurisdictions.

The only thing that is different in many major cities across North America is that they have isolated their problems and have created a form of ownership in the industry that will solve our problem.

A well managed and highly regulated medallion system would give the older drivers a retirement strategy and some drivers a catastrophic illness exit strategy.

These two strategies would immediately resolve the problem of "Lack of cars at key times".

By replacing part time taxi drivers and old or sick drivers with a younger full time taxi drivers (new blood) the industry will perform to its top efficiency.

Where ever there is a medallion system it will always benefit the customer.

Price Water House Government Service Agency has been in the business for thirty years around North America studying models for taxi jurisdictions and the very problems we have in the HRM and the statement that stands out the most is;

This is a quote from Price Waterhouse

"No cabs, no limitation has never worked, anywhere in North America, to benefit the customer."

The proof that your open zone system at night time hours is a failure is the mere fact that you have unleashed 1000 taxi's to play the downtown zone with no improvement.

You would think that there would be no crime or complaints.

Wrong.

The executive of the HRM Taxi Medallion Agency has had two meetings with the Downtown Business Commission and in particular with the director of the Bar Association and he was asked three times, is there much difference in service since opening zones?

His answer was "very little and some nights worst."

Now this council wants to extent those hours to 6 am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The result of that will be migration to the Hotels by the very taxi drivers that are willing to play the down town every night.

At present they play the downtown well past their three o'clock deadline.

They are not policed so if it helps get the red necks off the streets, fine.

But if the official time is stretched to six o'clock then put your self in their shoes.

Would you rather do pickups that are trouble or a $ 60 dollar airport from the Hotels that you have just opened up for them?

You will lose Dartmouth and County cars to the Hotel calls and the downtown will really suffer.

Not counting all the other County and Dartmouth taxis that will migrate from their zone early in the morning not to play the down town but to play the Hotels at prime times to abandon the zone that needs them.

Drivers playing hotels will refuse to take people not going to the airport.

We suggest that you defer this motion at least until a joint task force is established which involves the drivers association and city staff.

Thank You

Al. DesLaurier


October 18, 2012

Public hearing

From the time the interim executive/board got down to business we have been transparent our goal from day one has been to work toward a better taxi industry and be accountable to the drivers.
As other members of the executive/board finalize their presentations they may choose to post them.
We have nothing to hide.
Mine will look something like this, but I am constantly trying to find ways to make it better.

I'm Dave Buffett secretary of the drivers association.
Surly you wouldn't open a zoo, bring in animals of every size and description, then, decide sometime later that you should build a fence.

If so, perhaps you would bring species accustomed to a hot climate and after the first winter you might say, maybe we should provide a source of heat!

This would be considered very irresponsible, a hit or miss approach.
Kind of a let's see what works regardless of the potential down side.

That is exactly what has been done with opening taxi zones.

Council began talking about opening zones under the pretense that the Downtown Business Commission wanted more cabs downtown, at bar closing time.
That's approximately three a.m. Not eleven p.m. Nor is it 12 a.m.

The next motivation was a report from a small group of limousine owners who suggested that open zones might somehow reduce greenhouse gases.

That same group successfully lobbied to have Cadillac Escalades with their massive V8 engines used to carry one or two people in from the airport.

The next reason presented is the need to get bar patrons home to reduce violence inside bars.

This was pushed by Chief Beazley's police department despite the fact that the Chief himself was quoted in the press as saying "many people get drunk and go home to beat family members".
I have the press clipping with me this evening.

Getting back to the zoo without a fence, council added 384 cabs to the Halifax zone but did not extend the number of cabs on any cabstand.
In fact the number of cabstands has been sharply reduced.

The police department that has pushed so hard for the additional 384 cab's, stands firm in their policy of not ticketing non cabs when they park on cabstands. A prime example is the taxi stand on Grafton Street in front of Cheers, non taxis park there 7 nights a week while the police tell cabdrivers parked on the street to move along or be ticketed.

At this time there are non cabs parked across the street on the cab stand that are not being moved or ticketed.

The drivers association applied in writing (I have a copy) to have the only stand on Spring Garden Road extended from 2 cars but to no avail. This is another example of no place to park, interesting when you consider the fact that couriers leave their vans un attended and the police have a policy of not issuing tickets to them.

Discrimination 101

If this is not enough the HRM Medallion Agency provided written proof that opening zones is a mistake. The result is that the outer zones loose cabs to the downtown.
This is evidenced with the greatly increased wait times in Dartmouth, Sackville and the Airport.

This also means fewer bar patrons go downtown.
Is this what the Business Commission had in mind? I think not!

If council continues to refuse to read consultants reports at least consider the following recommendation.

Set up a task force which includes representatives of the drivers association.
(The taxi/limo advisory committee has not addressed this issue and has not shown an interest.)
The task force should also include city staff who, can assist with extending and increasing the number of cab stands downtown.

To further open zones without finding solutions to the mistakes already made will be like bringing more animals to a zoo without erecting a fence.
Thank you

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 17, 2012

HTDOA

On October 16th the interim executive/board of the HTDOA held its 12th meeting from 6 until 7:30.
The purpose of the meeting was to plan what to present at the public hearing.We put a lot of ideas and concerns on the table and we are confident that our message will represent the industry in a positive manor.

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 17, 2012

HTDOA

Doug Brine posted on Feb.24 that the election was illegal per his conversation with the association lawyer.
I wrote to the same lawyer and he said, I have never had a conversation with Mr.Brine about an election.
I have a copy of the letter.
Doug also mentions that Billy was elected as vice president at that election.But if the election was illegal...
Doug asks the question are there three associations?
There is the HTDOA,there is an attempt to rebuild the UTDA and thats it is far as I know.
If Billy is interested in joining the HTDOA team I for one will welcome him.I'm sure Billy has a lot to offer.
The problem in the past was a lack of leadership.If everyone is going in different directions nothing gets done.
We provide our email address with all posts and drivers send ideas as to what direction they want us to take.
The drivers are our steering committee.
We don't need another association there are those who don't like the work we are doing but the answer is simple.
1.Run against us in January.
or
2.Join our team.

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 15, 2012

HTDOA Election

The January election for the HTDOA is very important for a few reasons.
1.We need to add to our team simply because we need more eyes and ears bringing ideas to the table.
2.Electing or showing support shows you have a stake in the game.
3.We're hoping to form an association that brings all three zones together. This will build strength.
With regards to who gets voted in or as it has been put voted out.
The next time a democratic election results in one candidate getting 100% of the votes will be the first.
Not all halagonians voted for Mayor Kelly, not all Canadians sided with Harper's PC party does that suggest that we Canadians live under a dictatorship?

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 14, 2012

Associations

"the other associations have failed"
That is a quote from a post concerning the United Taxi Drivers.
One could argue that the United Taxi Drivers Association failed.
One could argue that the HDTA.
One could argue that the HTDOA is failing.
It's a lot like sitting in the comfort of your lazy board chair giving a failing grade to the hard working players on the NHL ice surface,or the Superbowl players.What the world needs now is more arm chair athletes.

But the HRM taxi industry needs more hard working volunteers to assist with the workload taken on by the HTDOA.
Associations have not failed!
Drivers have failed!
If drivers do not support the association with protests or writing letters to councilors the association is doomed.
If a few drivers want to revive an association go for it.

The HTDOA announced months ago that we were seeking people to help us.
Not one driver responded in the allotted time.
Earlier this month we again asked for interested persons to contact us and the result is a small group attempts to form another association.

Why work together when we can accomplish less when we work against each other?


Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 14, 2012

Public Hearing

Do you want to be heard?
If you are unhappy with the level of incompetence at city hall with regards to the taxi industry Oct 23rd is your chance to be heard.
Council is going to open the zones an additional night and on paper extend the hours.
That's right "on paper extend the hours" the fact that councilors and staff are not aware that Dartmouth and county cabs stay all night at present shows that they are not truly in the game.
Weather the hours are extended or not makes no difference.

The following are ideas you might want to present at the hearing.
*Council added 384 cabs to the Halifax zone but did not add cab stands.
*They actually took stands away.
*Cab drivers are constantly told to move from no parking areas or be ticketed.
*Non taxi's are parked on cab stands and not ticketed every day and every night.
*The stand in front of Cheers is one of many.
*Wait times in Dartmouth and Sackville have increased greatly on weekends since zones have been opened.
*Bar closing time is not at 11 pm.

I'm confident that if more ideas are sent in the web master will post them.

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 5, 2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

Click Here for - News Release about the H.T.D.O.A. Annual Election ballot, in MS Word format

Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 3, 2012

Hearing

HTDOA minutes omission.
I apologize to readers of this site in that when posting the minutes of the October 2nd meeting I forgot to mention that the executive/board is meeting in two weeks time with the only agenda item being presentations at the public hearing.

We agreed not only to meet to discuss who will present what but also to email ideas to each member so we can arrive at the meeting with a clear sense of direction.
Terry Morier RL 420 Dartmouth zone is a very valuable addition to the association and a team player.
He will be among the presenters listed as part of the HTDOA executive.
Thank you.


Dave Buffett RL 730
HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 3, 2012

HTDOA

The interim executive and board of the HTDOA held it's eleventh meeting on Tuesday Oct.2nd.The minutes are as follows.

Minutes from Oct 2nd HTDOA meeting.

The sign we intended to show support of councilors has been cancelled. The intent was to include nine councilors but too many councilors who are showing support close to election time were thrown into the list coupled with the fact that people have decided who to vote for by now anyway.

We are going to consult the association lawyer about why we must get a criminal record check annually.

We agreed to hold an annual meeting and election in late January.

We agreed that the meeting should be open to drivers from all three zones with a referendum on the question of uniting all three zones and forming an executive and board with drivers from all zones. Drivers will have an opportunity to vote yes or no.

If a majority of drivers vote to accept the expanded association the executive and board will look something like this.

President
Vice President Halifax zone
VP Dartmouth Zone
VP County Zone
Secretary
Treasurer
Board of Directors

Persons who intend to seek nomination for any of these positions are required to send an email not later then January 7th.

Send your name rooflight number including zone to htdoassoc@gmail.com.

Dave Buffett RL 730 HTDOA htdoassoc@gmail.com


October 1, 2012

Limitation

At a meeting of the interim executive and board of the HTDOA we decided to check the number of roof lights to compare it to the number set with limitation.
Using the Freedom of Information Act we were able to access those numbers they are as follows:
Halifax zone - 610
Dartmouth zone - 199
County zone - 185

We will continue to work toward making our industry the best it can be for all drivers and their families.

Dave Buffett
RL 730 HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


September 1, 2012

Zones

This letter was sent to all councilors,the mayor and the Downtown Business Commission.

Dear councilors
The HTDOA (drivers association) has expressed concerns about your insistence of opening taxi zones. There is no proof that opening zones is a benefit to any stakeholders but there is an abundance of evidence that it is a mistake. Please review the following facts.
o    Studies from across North America have stated that taxi zones are essential to maintain service in the weaker zones. Typically with cities that experimented with opening zones consumers and businesses expressed outrage at the greatly reduced level of service until at a cost to the city zones were restored.

o    Both of the unfortunate incidents this year where physical altercations at night clubs resulted in deaths, occurred while there were more then fifty cabs in the area south from Spring Garden Road and North to Duke Street and east from Barrington Street and west to Brunswick Street

o    An argument used by the HRM Police is that people hang around downtown after the bars close, the only way to stop that is to close businesses at the "Pizza Corner" earlier.

o    Consumers in Dartmouth have experienced far longer wait times since the opening of zones resulting from their cabs being on the streets of Halifax.

o    Business at popular downtown bars has dropped significantly because patrons in Dartmouth and Sackville can't get a cab to take them downtown, again as a result of their cabs on Halifax Streets.

o    When council began opening zones the reason given was that there was pressure from the "Downtown Business Commission". They will be the first to tell you that this was a mistake. Their businesses are experiencing a smaller number of patrons.

o    The next reason is that the police asked for more cabs downtown. The same police force that routinely tells us to move our cars because there are so many cabs that we are blocking traffic.

o    Council decided to open the zones during the Canada games and the result is that people in Dartmouth and Sackville experienced higher then normal wait times.

o    Councilors opened the zones during the bus strike with the same result. It seems clear that this council has a hit or miss attitude with public service with the result being that the voters in Dartmouth and Sackville pay the price.

o    Councilors were influenced by a group of county drivers that falsely claimed that open zones would somehow reduce greenhouse gases yet this same council voted to permit 3/4 ton trucks to be used as limousines in the form of Chevrolet Suburban's.

o    All of the major cab offices keep computerized data which can provide accurate (not perceived) data as to where cabs are most needed and at what time, yet council choose this hit or miss approach. The people most hurt by this are the electorate that can not get a cab in the areas off of the peninsula and the business owners who are seeing fewer patrons.

o    If the studies provided by the HRM Medallion Agency in which experts insist that zones are vital are not enough, and if the reasons listed are not enough perhaps councilors will accept the fact that open zones from eleven pm (no bars in the downtown are closing at eleven) are hurting consumers and businesses and amend the bi-law to opening zones from three until five. This is the only time large numbers of people spill out onto the streets.

This leads the electorate to ask at least two basic questions:
Can this council agree on anything?
Is it time for change?

Dave Buffett Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association


Aug. 14, 2012


   HTDOA

The interim executive of the HTDOA held it's eighth meeting on Tuesday July 14th from six to seven p.m.
The following items were discussed:
*We are going to request a meeting with the police superintendent that spoke in support of open zones at the August 8th Transport meeting.
*We are planning a stepped up protest at city hall when council is scheduled to vote to further extend zones.
*We are going to contact legal council concerning the issue of one person being able to sell rooflights and no one else.
*We discussed a letter Dave Buffett wrote to the Utilities Review Board concerning a neutral third party governing taxis.The third party being the URB.
The request to the URB must come from the province not city staff.
*The executive and board will meet again next Tuesday with a guest from the Dartmouth zone.Our plan is to determine if we can work as allies in our approach toward councilors.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.Even if we are in different zones.


Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


Aug. 12, 2012


   HTDOA

THANKS

We would like to thank all the taxi drivers that showed up at the Transportation Committee meeting last Wednesday in Dartmouth what a nice crowd it filled all the seats and standing room only.

We would also like to thank the executive of the Halifax Taxi Owners Association in voting in the money for the signs that were there to get our points across. They were great.

We would also like to thank all the counselors but for two that voted the medallion proposal forward. The raise will be voted on in the near future, finally. We would like to thank Dave Marriot and Gary Jollimore for chasing the raise proposal around in the dark cave known as staff for over a year trying to bring it in front of the Transport Committee.

We would also like to thank Brain Herman owner of Casino taxi who wrote a letter to the Transport Committee in support of the raise. A special thanks to Terry Morier RL 220 who finally broke the ice of friend ship between the Halifax and Dartmouth cab drivers and joined in on the protest. Thanks to the Dartmouth drivers that showed up.

President
Al. DesLaurier


July 24, 2012


   HTDOA

Aug 8th

This is your chance to stand up for what you believe in.

The Transport Committee will or will not change the face of the Taxi Industry in the HRM on Aug 8.

This could be one of the most important meetings that you have ever attended.

If they eliminate limitations then we will fall into the dark ages once again and if they give us our future then we and our families will be protected into the future.
All reliable research found is on our side.
If they move the Medallion system ahead then we will have a future.

This struggle is not new to the taxi industry in North America and in most cases the taxi man has won but it has taken its toll.

There is only one thing we ask of you and that is show up that day at 90 Alderney Drive.
Time for questions are over and the time to stand up is near.

President
Al. DesLaurier


July 19, 2012

Pre Election Protests

Top five reasons not to attend the "Pre Election Protests"
1) I'm busy that day.
2) I won't be working that day.
3) You know me I can't remember when these things are.
4) The guy I rent a car from said I don't have to go if I don't want to.
And the best reason of all.
Other drivers will go it won't maker a difference if there's one less.

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


July 18, 2012

Pre Election Protests

Let me begin by saying that I agree with Garry that if all cab drivers in the HRM voted in the up coming municipal election it would not make a difference.

The purpose of the "Pre Election Protests" is to let more then one hundred thousand voters know that this council does not do the job they are elected to do.
The media presence at "Pre Election Protests" will do that.

Had they all read the Medallion Proposal taxi service would be better already.
Had they read the Medallion Proposal the zones would be put back.
The head of the largest cab company has stated that cabs bringing fares in from the perimeter are staying downtown to avoid dead heading back.
The result is that we all have fewer people to take home at closing time and business is way down at most bars.

On the subject of helping defeat incompetent councilors the HTDOA does not support a smear campaign we want to support the people running against them.

This will take a small effort on the part of us all.

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


July 18, 2012

HTDOA

The interim executive of the HTDOA held it's eighth meeting on Tuesday July 17th from 6 to 7 pm.
The entire meeting was devoted to planning the first of our "Pre Election Protests".
We will again be meeting with a labor leader to discuss the location and timing.

This is an opportunity to continue to be overcharged for car rent, to let your requests for a "Self Funded Pension Plan" be ignored to see your income continue to decline because of the erosion of zones, to remain years from getting a rooflight, or join the "Pre Election Protests".

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


July 14, 2012

Night lights

The idea that the HTDOA might want to add 25 more rooflights has caused quite a stir.
All members of the board/executive are full time drivers and we know how hard it is to make a living in this business.
We (all the drivers) are faced with the fact that our city council makes decisions without our input and we are powerless to stop them.
The idea of adding 25 night time only cars is based on the condition that we get the zones put back.
Do the math.
We have over 400 other zone cars permitted even encouraged to work our zone. Based on 10 hours on Friday night and 10 on Saturday night thats 8000 hours per week. That a lot of calls we don't get.
With 25 Halifax cars working 12 hours per night 6 nights per week thats 1800 hours. Quite a difference.
We don't want to add cars we want zones back in place.They are there for a reason.
There is a simple solution, avoid adding cars and return to the zone system.
To do this you must be willing to give some of your time to the "Pre Election Protests" headed by the HTDOA and assist us in defeating the councilors that fail to understand our industry.
The date of the first "Pre Election Protest" will be announced soon.


Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


July 13, 2012

Contact List

I regret that when posting the minutes of the July 10th meeting I omitted approval of this contact list.
We are intending to ask the brokers if we can provide copies of these for drivers to fill out in addition we will pass them out on street stands.

Contact List
The HTDOA is registering contact information of all drivers interested in being notified of meetings, decisions by councilors that affect the taxi industry and more.
Once the information is gathered and archived we can even send out surveys before proceeding with ideas.

Typically we rely on dispatch computers and notices handed out on street stands as well as hfxtaxi.com which will not change but this electronic version can reach more people in less time.

Information provided will not be shared with any other group such as union organizers.
If interested in getting notices sent to your email address please fill out this form.
Please print clearly:

Name _______________________________ Rooflight Number __________

Email address __________________________________

Thank you.
Al DesLaurier
President HTDOA
htdoassoc@gmail.com


July 13, 2012

H.T.D.O.A.

The interim executive and board held it's seventh meeting on Tuesday July 10th from 6 to 7:30.The meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month but the 10th was chosen to afford us the opportunity to review the Transport Committee meeting of July 5th.
There was discussion about the association lawyer. We received a letter from the lawyer which indicates that the previous executive/board was not in good standing with his firm.
We are looking at options for legal advice.
There was total agreement that the zones must be put back and that councilors refuse to read the proof that open zones are hurting Dartmouth and Sackville stakeholders.
We are going to meet again this month to plan the first of a series of protests.
We are meeting with other labor experts to work out strategy.

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


June 15, 2012


   HTDOA

Notice

As many of you are aware in March of this year Kenny Paul and Ralph Doyle put the association on track by asking drivers to offer their time and skills to get down to business.

Since that time much has been accomplished. Some of what we have done is:
  • Written letters to councilors concerning zones.
  • Written letters to councilors concerning a raise and other issues..
  • Began informing drivers of the new Hotel Standard policy.
  • We posted notices requesting nominations for board and executive positions.
  • Wrote a letter to the association lawyer requesting the list of Halifax zone roof lights and the people waiting for lights.
  • We have agreed to meet the first Tuesday of each month in a conference room.
  • We send several emails to board/executive members weekly.
  • We have listened to requests and suggestions from drivers and discussed these ideas at our meetings. The agenda is usually sent to each board/executive member for consideration a week in advance to provide time to think about the items.
If we can be faulted it is that when we asked those interested in being nominated we neglected to put a cut off date. We stated clearly that we needed advance notice to ensure we rent the proper size hall for the meeting. One person offered to run for a position on the 7th. of June but we had voted to close nominations at midnight on the 6th. We could not reasonably be expected to rent a hall on short notice if dozens of people wanted to attend the meeting.

The next election will be held at the annual meeting in February. We will post reminders of the January nomination meeting beginning in November.

A nomination meeting must precede an election because ballots will be typed up and voting will be by ballot.

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 15, 2012


   HTDOA

Notice

On behalf of the executive and board of directors I would like to thank those of you who have contacted us in relation to the idea of issuing Night Lights. Although many have shown support the majority have requested that we do not pursue the idea. The result is that we will not take the idea to council. This is yet another example of the board and executive tabling ideas from the drivers and listening to their concerns.

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 14, 2012


   HTDOA

Message

July 7 the Transport Committee has put on its agenda the final steps to open the night time zones which are recommended by the Police Task Force on Crime. We have proven that the deregulation of zones has not worked. We are now going to present to the HRM a practical solution to this problem.

The Downtown Business Association backs the Self Funded Pension Plan because it replaces old and sick drivers with new younger drivers.

  • The Downtown Business Association in its own words has said that if anything service is worse with the open zones.
  • Dartmouth and Sackville businesses and resident travelers have stated because of the night time migration of the cars they have in the outer zones there is difficulty in retaining service.
  • Cathy Towers is conducting a report called the O' Hara report to find ways to cover the Airport at night. Many airport cars are in the Halifax zone at night. Not just weekends.
  • The main taxi offices in the Dartmouth zone have threatened to cut off their night drivers if they stay in Halifax.
  • The Medallion Agency provided proof that when other cities tried opening zones it was a mistake.
  • The real proof is the realization that if you open up the Halifax zone to four hundred cars then there should be a complete New York type coverage, it is not so, look for yourself.
If you study the open zone concept that the HRM has chosen then you can see why this program does not work. First the other zones drivers who are willing to migrate to the downtown Halifax zone do not have a Halifax zone license which means no experience or street knowledge. This is just like telling me to work in Sackville, it does not fly. The second reason is that the migrating drivers have a conflict of interest which means that they have an office in their zone to cover which means that they are not dedicated Halifax zone drivers. And one of the most important ones is that there are some out of zone drivers that do not work in an office which creates a safety problem, no emergency button.

We would like to make application to the HRM to close the zones and consider a plan that on its face has more merits than the deregulation concept. We would like the HRM to create twenty five night lights to be given to the first 25 drivers that are on the Halifax taxi list and that have been driving fulltime (no other occupation) for more than five years.

Terms and Conditions
  • Driver must be on list for more than five
  • Driver must be a full time taxi driver with no other occupation.
  • Driver must work at either Yellow Cab or Casino Taxi for validation of work time.
  • Driver must have special colored roof light (ex. Green) Numbers N-01 to N-25
  • The driver will have to take roof light off between the hours of 6am to 6pm or will lose it.
  • The driver must sign a performance contract with penalties of lose of roof light.
  • Driver must give up night time light when the list gives him a full time light.
The ordnance must be changed to indicate that only drivers that have full time employment as a taxi driver will be permitted to receive a taxi light when they come available. This problem of part time taxi drivers got us in trouble. A person that has a light and another job will not work downtown and I don't blame them. Their light is only on the road for a few hours a week.

The next change to the list is that any person that has a job other then taxiing must return his light. Work in our business or work in your business

No one is to be able to rent his roof light out unless he is fully retired or has an illness that keeps him from working

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 11, 2012


   HTDOA

This is a letter that the association has sent to our legal council.

Due to the Halifax taxi drivers concerns about the new roof light numbers appearing on the streets in the Halifax zone we as drivers are anxious that these roof lights may belong to gypsy cabs. Because the HRM will not give us a list of roof light numbers in the Halifax zone we as an industry have no way to police the none (phony) roof light numbers out there. We understand that they cannot give us a list of owner's names but what reason is there to hold back on the roof light numbers. As a result of none co-operation between the HRM and the taxi drivers in the Halifax zone we have no recourse then to look for legal assistance. The association lawyer will have to be contacted to help us in this area.

LETTER TO LAWYER
Re: Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association

We the directors and executives request that you write a letter to the Taxi Licensing Division of the H.R.M. Drivers have attempted numerous times to obtain taxi roof light list without success. They are the list of roof lights for the Halifax zone and the list which shows who is waiting for a roof light and their position on that list. Our concerns are that there may be more then the six hundred and ten cabs and eleven accessible cabs. We have proof that people waiting for a roof light have been moved toward the back of the list instead of the front. We request a letter to be sent to the HRM or under the freedom of information act grant us access to this information

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 11, 2012


   HTDOA

We as an association have sent this proposal to the Taxi Limousine liaison committee

We have put in a request to be heard at the Halifax Taxi Limousine Liaison Group.

We would like the HRM to change the Taxi Ordinance to read that all taxis use "meters only" in all calls. The meter is the definition of being a taxi; it separates us from limousines, Public Utility vehicles and delivery vehicles.

Taxi: Also called; cab, taxi cab, a car, fitted with a meter that may be hired, along with a driver, to carry passengers to any specific destination.

Professional; engaged in as a profession, engaging in an activity as a means of lively, undertaken or performed by people who are paid, a person who belongs to one of the professions, person who engages for his or her livelihood in some activity,

Since 1911 the taxi industry in Nova Scotia has been regulated by the Province through the different Cities, Towns and Communities. The Halifax, Dartmouth and Halifax County in the pass were all separated units concerning taxing. The City of Halifax had a Major and separated taxi regulations, the City of Dartmouth had a Major and separated taxi regulations and the Counties were no different. All three areas all started out with flat rates. Then the meter was introduced and some flat rates were kept because the three zones still were separated by their own Majors and jurisdictions and different meter rates. Then the HRM was created with one Major and one meter rate but some flat rates were still kept. This is where the problem started and has never been corrected.

All taxis should run on meter rates only.

Because of this issue we have created tension and anger between the taxi men and tension and anger between the brokers. If the taxi driver was regulated by law to use the meter only in all calls but for calls that were out of the HRM jurisdiction then everyone would be playing on an equal playing field.

Due to flat rates the Airport can take advantage of us by not allowing us to charge for the rack fee or pre arranged fee or number of passengers' or luggage fees and bridge tolls when leaving or going to the Airport.

The brokers take advantage of us by taking on contracts like the Post Office and Air Crew and other contracts that charge flat rates. They pass on the rates to the drivers. This is done under the assumption that they must do a flat rate to acquire the contract. If the taxi ordinance stated no flat rates then the companies would not have to compete and those companies looking for taxi services would have to pay the meter rate.

There is some taxi drivers who through greed charge flat rates lower than the established flat rates set by the HRM just to acquire business. We know who they are. This creates anger within the taxi community and is not professional. As a professional community we should all work together for a common goal. This would make the industry healthier.

We would like the HRM to help us towards the goal of professionalism by changing the taxi ordinance to taxi meter only.

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 9, 2012


   HTDOA

News Release

The taxi drivers of the Halifax zone are giving notice to the Hotel Standard regulatory body and the HRM that starting immediately we will not be participating in the Hotel Standard Program. We believe that the spirit of the agreement has not been kept.

The agreement was created to establish top quality taxi vehicles and quality taxi drivers to service the Hotels. The second part of the agreement was put in place concerning the working agreement with the limousine companies and the Hotels. The limousine companies would not be permitted to have parking spaces or contract agreements with the Hotels. This part of the agreement has been broken at all the Hotels so we will be parking on the stands without Hotel Standard stickers. We now consider all the stands as open taxi stands.

Please note: Be prepared to accept debit or credit if picking up passengers at hotels.

President
Al. DesLaurier


June 8, 2012


   HTDOA

Minutes of meeting

The interim executive and board of the H.T.D.O.A. held it's fifth meeting on June 5th. from six to seven pm the following items were discussed:

o The treasurer and two other members will meet with a bank officer to change the account to the current executive. Any expenditures will require a majority vote of approval and cheque's will require two signatures.

o Al will write a letter to the association lawyer inquiring as the status of the letters he (the lawyer) wrote to the taxi licensing division.

o It was agreed that we are loosing our zones in spite of overwhelming evidence that other cities found that eliminating zones is a disastrous mistake.

o Apply to present to the Taxi/Limo committee that there should be twenty five night lights issued which can only be on a car from six pm to six am. The first twenty five drivers on the list are to be offered these and when a standard light is available the first driver is issued that light and the next person on the list gets a night light. The lights are to be numbered N01 to N25.

o Apply to present to the Taxi/Limo Committee that fulltime drivers who have been driving taxi for a minimum of five years be issued a roof light.

o Roof lights: Apply to present to the Taxi/Limo Committee that the city adopt a use it or loose it unless he/she has a medical exemption. A medical exemption applies to a person unable to drive fulltime because of age or the loss of his/her license for a medical reason. For this to work the city must have a one car one driver policy. Currently drivers return from away once a year and sign papers permitting someone else to drive their car. The policy would only permit the owner of the light to operate the car as a taxi.

o Apply to present to the Taxi/Limo committee to move the Accessible bus stop for Parklane Mall to the Dresden Row entrance. That entrance does not have or require a ramp and this will increase the size of the Parklane stand.

o Apply to present to the Taxi/Limo Committee to make all trips metered. No flat rates.

o The nomination deadline for persons wishing to help with the association is midnight June sixth. At the time of the meeting no one has offered.

o We will contact an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) requesting that the province govern the laws of our industry.

o We discussed the interference of the CAW union and the majority agreed that a strong association can be as effective.



Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


May 25, 2012


   HTDOA

Message from the President

TAXI INDUSTRY DENIED

When a concern is raised concerning marine interests such as establishing shipping lanes a committee of mariners is convened and the committee will also consider those involved in transportation of goods to and from the docks but primarily mariners.

When a concern is raised concerning the commercial airline industry people from that industry will form a committee and some tourism interests will be present. But the committees are made up of primarily airline professionals.

When a concern is raised concerning forestry, people from that industry form a committee and it includes people from the environment but primarily forestry.

But when the HRM Taxi Limousine Advisory committee is formed the committee does not listen to the people that know it best, the Taxi man.

As President of the association I emailed a request to present a proposal and to attend a meeting with the Taxi Limousine Liaison Committee. The decision was made to deny my request by a bureaucratic that has no understanding of the taxi industry. All seems that all requests are granted except those that concern taxi drivers. It's not up to a person who is paid by the HRM to deny any taxi request direct to the Taxi Committee. The committee is set up for taxi drivers to bring proposals and or to rebuke other proposals that are going to be brought up and presented to the Transport Committee. There is no better way of showing opposition to agenda items that concern the taxi industry then to appear in person. The most important item on the agenda that day was the deregulating of zones. This is the report that Mr. Jollymore has given to us through hfxtaxi.com. concerning deregulation of zones.

"THE MAYORS ROUND TABLE REPORT ON VIOLENCE RECOMMENDATION TO FURTHER OPENING OF THE HALIFAX ZONE BY THE H.R.M. POLICE:

This is actually old news and was delayed in its progress by the transit strike as the zones were open anyway. The police researchers wanted to use that time of open zones to evaluate the effect on curbing incidents of violence, apparently their data is not available to anyone because it is a part of a report and the info in reports is only revealed after it is presented to the councilors in this case to the councilors on the Transportation Committee. What we do know of the report is that it asks for the Halifax zone to be open one extra day (Thursday) and that the hours of open zones be changed from what they are now to a closing time of 6 AM. If there are changes to this existing recommendation we will only know when the report becomes available. G.Jollymore

We the taxi man in the Halifax zone are being blindsided and refused entry into the Taxi Committee. Taxi information is being discussed behind closed doors without our representation. This taxi committee is a front that is being used to put together an agenda that will destroy the Halifax zone as we know it. If you want to kill a frog you do not through him into boiling water all at once. You but him into water that he can survive in then over time you slowly turn up the heat until the frog is dead. The taxi man in the Halifax zone is slowly being boiled by the deregulations of our zone one step at a time. This is not a new way of doing politics in this city but an old boy's way. There are just a few powerful councilors that through political posturing with their other councilors are going to destroy us. All research across North America shows and proves that deregulation of any kind does not work. Throughout North America deregulation has always been defeated buy tightly regulating the taxi industry. They will not listen to us or except our research. So as President and a taxi driver I am asking you to please look at the facts and stop fighting with each other over things that do not matter and start looking at the temperature of the water that you are in. We are doomed and if you do not get together and help us do something instead of petty envy and petty criticism of people who are trying to help the situation then you will be known as part of the conspiracy that let the HRM deregulate us. You must have heard the saying you are either with us or against us. IT,S YOU CHOICE, these matters are too important to let a committee deal with them without our input.

Dave Buffett and I over the past two years have tried to talk to the HRM about research that we have put together about deregulating of zones across Canada and the US. We both have tried to present this to all the councilors over time. We have sent a hard copy to the Mayor and all councilors. We have done two presentations to the Downtown business committee and it was accepted and validated as very good research and we were told that they would back us. Two News Papers told us that it was a win, win research and proposal. When we finally heard from the Mayor and council over this two year journey they stated that we first had to present it to the Halifax Taxi Limousine Liaison Committee. We tried several times and were refused entry like the letter below, we were refused entry for our taxi proposal and we will always be refused entry because they are controlled by the few councilors that are going to deregulate our zones completely. They do not want any informaton put on the record that deregulation does not work and has been completely abandoned everywhere in North America.

This is only one of many refusals that we have received over the years. We wanted to talk about a raise for the taxi drivers which we have not had for seven years. We want to talk about the per-centage of taxi representation the Halifax zone has on the taxi committee. You will notice that it comes from a person that is not connected to the council and is guided by the council. The main problem with this refusal is that it comes from a taxi driver and President of an association. THEY DO NOT WANT ANYTHING ON THE RECORD THAT WILL STOP THEM FROM COMPLETING THEIR GOAL.

Mr. DesLaurier,

Further to your request below I provide the following information regarding the issues you would like to discuss:

- Raise - a recommendation regarding a request for an industry raise will be coming forward in the coming months. Once this item reaches Regional Council there will be an opportunity for a Public Hearing. It is at that time you will be able to address this issue.

- Membership of the Liaison Group - Regional Council determined the membership of the Liaison Group with a focus to be on the "common client" and a balance with the membership.

The membership includes a combination of industry and citizen/users, including a representative from the Accessibility Advisory Committee and the accessible taxi industry. This balance would be affected if there were additional driver/owners added to the Liaison Group.

Based on the aforementioned we are denying your application to present at this time.

Andrea MacDonald
Manager License Standards,
Municipal Compliance, Community and Recreation Services
ph: 490-7371 fax: 490-6142

Why can't we present this information to the Taxi Committee. The reason is that it would be in the minutes and that can be found in the records. I belief that we will never be allowed to present our needs in the Halifax zone because the agenda of deregulation has started and they will not let it go off track.

It does not matter the subject that I or others have to present we will never be able to put on the record, we are lost and are headed for complete deregulation of the zones and the caps(roof lights). The problem with that it will also have consequences for all taxi drivers.
In short we are losing our lively hood.

Al DesLaurier President HTDOA


May. 22, 2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

Click Here for OPEN ZONES - News Release, in MS Word format

Al. DesLaurier
President


May 13, 2012


   HTDOA

Message from the President

A copy of this letter has been sent to the association lawyer.



Re: Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association

Mr. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

We the directors and executives request that you write a letter to the Taxi Licensing Division of the H.R.M. Drivers have attempted numerous times to obtain two lists without success. They are the list of roof lights for the Halifax zone and the list which shows who is waiting for a roof light and their position on that list. Our concerns are that there may be more then the six hundred and ten cabs and eleven accessible cabs. We are well aware that people waiting for a roof light have been moved toward the back of the list instead of the front.

Al DesLaurier

Inquires can be directed to:

Mr. Kevin Hindle
Taxi Licensing Division
Halifax Regional Police
7 Mellor Ave.
Dartmouth N.S
B3B 0E8


Al DesLaurier /President/HTDOA


May 7, 2012

Nominations Meeting



The HTDOA will be holding a nomination meeting on Tuesday June 12th. at 6p.m.

Persons interested in a board member or executive position are required to attend the meeting.

In order to be nominated you must be nominated and the nomination must be seconded.

This is not a general meeting, once nominations are submitted the meeting will adjourn. There will be no campaigning required or permitted election platforms can be presented at the election.

The location of the nomination meeting is not yet determined. The hall rental must be paid for by association funds therefore we will rent a room based on the number of people expected to attend the meeting.

Positions will be held until the general meeting in February, at that time an annual election will be held.

Candidates must register their intent by email to ensure we rent the proper size hall.

Email htdoassoc@gmail.com

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


May. 6, 2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


May. 6, 2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


May 2, 2012

Minutes of May 1st Meeting

Fourth Meeting held May 1, 2012 With the Interim Executive of HTDOA

This meeting began at 3:00 PM at Captain Spry Center and ended 4:20 PM. The following items were discussed:

o       A letter will be written the Transportation Committee expressing concern that the Taxi / Limo Committee does not have adequate representation for the Halifax Zone. A letter was to be written in April but the Executive and Board members could not agree on the draft letter that was proposed.

o       A letter will be written to the Transportation Committee requesting the meter drop be increased to five dollars ($5.00) with no change to time or mileage. The result will be that fares do not increase dramatically. But a driver doing 20 calls per day will notice a pay increase.

o       Starting on May 8, 2012 notices will be posted at Taxi offices and handed out on stands. We will also request a post on Hfxtaxi.com. This will be to inform members of the nomination meeting for the Executive and Board positions. In order to determine how big a hall we need to rent for this nomination meeting we will require anyone that is being nominated to email the association.

o       We will be contacting the association's lawyer directing him to obtain a list of all roof lights in the Halifax Zone. Our intention is to determine that there are not more than 610 and 11 accessible cabs.

o       We will also direct the association's lawyer to obtain the waiting list for roof lights.

Thank you to all who attended the meeting.
Dave

Dave Buffett, HTDOA


April 21, 2012

H.T.D.O.A

The interim executive and board members of the HTDOA want an open and honest association.These are the minutes from the first three meetings. Our policy will be to post all minutes on this site. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday May 1st.

On Tuesday March 22nd the interim executive and board members held their first Meeting at the Captain Spry Center.

The goals were as follows:

o    Establish a willingness to work as a team to address the concerns of the industry.
o    Fill executive and board positions at least until an election can be held.
o    We agreed to write a letter to the association lawyer to ensure we follow the letter of the law when calling the election.
o    Al and I are writing the letter this weekend with the intention of getting clear answers.
o    Once the letter is prepared each team member will receive an electronic copy as well as a copy of the response. At the next meeting a paper copy will be distributed.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday April 3rd. three p.m. same place.




On Tuesday April 3rd at 3p.m. the interim executive and directors held their second meeting and it can only be called "Very Successful" Unlike so many meetings we got down to business and stayed on track.

Those in attendance were Al, Ken, Lewis, Ralph, Ron, Dave.
The meeting was chaired by Al and the agenda was followed.


o    We agreed to send a registered letter to Doug, Billy and Mike.(a copy will follow as an attachment in another email)
o    We agreed to post a copy of same on hfxtaxi.com to answer questions that may arise as to our following the constitution.
o    We agreed that any Halifax zone driver that pays his/her dues at the meeting can vote at the up coming election.
o    We agreed to have a special meeting later this month with the only agenda item being to plan the election.


On Tuesday April 17th the executive and board of the HTDOA met for one hour mainly to plan the election. The meeting was very successful in that the following matters were agreed upon:.

o    A notice will be posted on hfxtaxi.com, notices will be posted at the offices and passed out at the street level, telephone and mail outs will be used to notify of the nomination date, place, time and procedure.
o    People wishing to vote will have to present their receipt of dues paid that night to receive a ballot.
o    Ballot sheets with names of all candidates will be handed out persons voting will do so privately.
o    Candidates will have a maximum of two minutes to present their election platform.
o    After all candidates have spoken questions can be asked.
o    A notice of the nomination meeting will be two weeks before the election.
o    Unless a driver is known/recognized he can not attend the election without showing his/her taxi license.
o    Tickets will be sold on a fifty/fifty draw to be held at the end of the meeting.
o    A one hundred dollar Esso gas card will be offered at the end of the meeting as a door prize.
o    Additional business arising from the meeting included:
o    Al will write a letter to all councilors expressing the unfairness of the Taxi/Limo Committee. The concern expressed at the meeting is that Dartmouth and the County both have one rep. for two hundred drivers Halifax has one for over six hundred.
o    The Sackville rep. is a limo driver who may have more concern for the limo business.
o    Dave will try to find information on when the city opened the zones temporally.(three to four years ago)
The next meeting will be May first 3p.m. same place.If you want an item on the agenda please send it to this email address if not it may not be discussed because of time restraints.


Thanks to all who attended today's meeting.
Dave

Dave Buffett RL 730 H.T.D.O.A.


April 20, 2012


   HTDOA

Message from the President

At the first board meeting held by the directors. Under the constitution special resolution dated Sept 05/2008 under the Societies Act (By Laws) section 2-32 Amendment. "The management of the activities of the Society shall be vested in the directors ..........."

The directors appointed under the constitution four executives and four extra directors.

The interim executives are President- Al. DesLaurier, V.P./ Secretary Dave Buffett, Treasurer (Clarence Webb)

Directors Ralph Doyle, Ken Paul, Lewis MacDonald, Dave Buffett, John Finck, Alfie Snow, Ron Delaney, Richard Crowe,

All interim positions will be responsible for the day to day affairs of the association until a new election is held.

Al. DesLaurier


Feb. 26,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Feb. 21,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Feb. 5,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Feb. 5,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Feb. 5,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Feb. 4,2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Al. DesLaurier
President


Jan. 15, 2012

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Doug Brine
President


Dec. 19, 2011

HTDOA January Meeting

For the past year we have been trying to warn you. It seems that we are preaching upon deaf ears. Now it is before you; deregulation has begun.
We have many challenges in Halifax when it comes to our livelihood. Adding more cabs to the downtown core is definitely not the answer.
A new Taxi and Limousine Committee has been selected. From where, we do not know. Gary Jollymore has been selected to represent Halifax drivers. How, we do not know. The Halifax Taxi Driver Owners Association (HTDOA) was never contacted regarding an appointment of a representative for Halifax on this committee.
The HTDOA would like to call an emergency meeting mid January to bring all drivers up to date on the issues at hand.

1. Agenda Medallion System - Al DesLaurier and Dave Buffet to explain system to driver as well as substantiate the support of 500-700 drivers.
2. Downtown Restaurant and Bar Association - Complaining that there aren't enough cabs to clear the patrons.
3. Deregulation - Future plans of the Taxi and Limousine Committee, Gary Jollymore
4. Raise - Submission to City Council for raise needs explanation, Gary Jollymore.

In order to hold this meeting the HTDOA will need to ensure all speakers can be in attendance. Once confirmed we will be able to post a location and time on this web site.
If your name is mentioned in the agenda, the HTDOA invites you to attend and speak at this meeting. Please contact one of the executives below at your earliest convenience to discuss your availability.

President - Doug Brine - #796
Vice President - Bill Mastrapas
Treasurer - Mike Forrest - #848

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time to stop fighting amongst our selves. Let's conduct this meeting maturely and get down to business.

Doug Brine
President
HTDOA


Feb. 3 2011

7$ fare

On Tuesday nights meeting the issue of 7$ fares for vanes was discussed.

After speaking with the taxi commission, it turns out if an independent taxi driver, for example, was to pull up to a group of 5 or 6 people and request a 7$ van charge, the customer can decline.
If the customer declines, the driver must still do the call and charge regular rates.

This goes for any scenario requiring a van.
In the end, if the customer accepts, your on your way with a 7$ charge.
If the customers declines, you'll be charging regular rates with regular 50c extras where applicable.

Billy Mastrapas, VP of HTDOA


Jan. 21, 2011

A message from the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association.

Let it be known that the taxi meeting called for Sunday Jan 30th is not on behalf of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association.

There is only one active association which legally represents Halifax drivers and thats the HTDOA. Doug Brine is president, I hold the position of vice president, and Mike forrest represents the treasurer. We are happy and willing as an association to represnt our drivers, yet some groups have taken it upon themselves to call their own meetings.

Supporting these unregistered groups will only cause confusion among drivers and city councillors. If you want to be represented by an association which represnts YOUR ideas and which benefit YOU as a taxi driver, join us on Feb 1st at the Halifax Forum.

Billy Mastrapas, VP of HTDOA


Jan. 14, 2011

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Doug Brine
President


July 1, 2010

Thanks from Doug Brine.......President of HTDOA

Attention Members of the H.T.D.O.A.

I just want to say "Thank you" for having faith in my abilities to be the president of this association.
I appreciate the huge support shown at tonight's meeting. With that being said...I am and will be your president. I will continue to do my best at fighting for and supporting what is most important..........our livelihood.

Executives are as follows:

Doug Brine
Bill Mastrapas
Garry Jollymore
Al Deslaurier

On May 26th, our last general meeting, it was voted and passed that we would no longer have 5 directors, the executives are now also the directors of this association. We do plan to appoint one more executive. If you have any questions or concerns please contact any one of the executives above.

Thank you very much,

Doug Brine
President


June 28, 2010

TO ALL DRIVERS

On May 25 2010 there was a meeting of the Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association which was organized by then president Doug Brine. At that meeting a slate of officers was nominated an election was held and an executive committee was formed. For a reason that is related to the by-laws of that association a few of the member (Directors) accused re-elected President Brine of conducting an unofficial or not legal election.

One of those things also voted on and passed that night was to combine the roles of the executive and the Directors into one body so as to restore harmony of function to the leadership of the Association, something that was plainly missing from the evidence of the previous meetings and accounts of infighting at executive meetings. It is quite clear that two elected bodies cannot function together, that situation actually guarantees friction within the organization. Yet again the same Directors deemed this a not legal change to the by-laws.

Since the election two of those elected on May 25th have resigned they are President (Doug Brine) and Treasurer (Mike Forrest) both explained that the anger, from the Directors mentioned above, was too much to be bothered with and both wanted away from this negative storm.

As a consequence of all this we have continued with a three man executive with Al DesLaurier as Spokes man we were intending to appoint a couple of more people to the vacant posts (a legal temporary option according to the Registry of Joint Stocks) but now we are faced with another election brought on by the same pesky Directors of the HTDOA.

This election date has not been named the date mentioned on the mail out many of you received from the Directors is for nominations. Separate nominations and elections seems like a colossal waste of time considering the issues facing the industry right now. I hope some one will point this out to the chair of the meeting I suggest that we are all to busy working to go to several meetings and that having to go to so many meetings to accomplish the same thing (elect an executive) creates a situation that would allow a few people with their own agenda to get control of the association.

An election on the 30th (or after) will solve the immediate problem of an executive committee that has two openings to be filled right now. An election should also clear the air sending a plain decisive message to the pesky Directors of what the drivers want. Drivers have said they want a form of leadership based on proven principals (Pres.; Vice Pres.; Sec.; Treas.; and a fifth Exec.) with solid leadership which they will decide on.

With these ends in mind I would recommend you attend the Wed. June 30th meeting at the Lions hall in Spryfield at 7 PM

G. Jollymore #714
Elected secretary HTDOA


June 6, 2010

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Doug Brine
President


May 21, 2010

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Doug Brine
President


April 28, 2010

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Doug Brine
President


Feb. 1, 2010

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Dec. 18, 2009

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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Nov. 27, 2009

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Nov. 12, 2009

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday November 24th 7:00 p.m.

AT the Halifax Forum Bingo Hall, Almon Street


WE NEED EVERYONE THERE



Doug Brine


Sept. 14, 2009

A Message From The Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

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July 12, 2009

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July 7, 2009

Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association

Meeting Announcement

NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING

Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association
Monday July 27th 7:00 p.m.
Wm. Spry Centre, Sussex St. Spryfield
There will be
Nominations and Placement for Executive and Directors Positions.



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May. 14, 2009

NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING

Halifax Taxi Driver's Owner's Association
Tuesday May 19th 7:00 p.m.
Wm. Spry Centre, Sussex St. Spryfield








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