Oakville introduces licensing by-law to regulate Transportation Network Companies

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville introduces licensing by-law to regulate Transportation Network Companies

At the December 12, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved a new licensing by-law allowing Transportation Network Companies (TNC) to operate legally in Oakville. The new regulations focus on health and safety and consumer protection, and ensure that residents continue to have safe, reliable and consistent transportation options when travelling in Oakville.

“We know that the app-based technology used by companies like Uber is here to stay, and that many Oakville residents already use these services,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new by-law ensures proper oversight of these services while addressing both community and consumer needs.”

The new by-law comes after a year of extensive research, best practice reviews of other municipal regulations, and public and stakeholder consultation to determine appropriate licensing options for TNCs. Oakville joins other cities in the province including Niagara Region, Ottawa, Toronto, and Waterloo Region to enact TNC licensing by-laws.

The town’s licensing framework places accountability on TNCs to ensure that any driver using their platform is operating in compliance with the town’s by-law. Regulations include:

TNCs must provide the town’s Enforcement Services with driver and vehicle information to ensure electronic compliance checks can be done.
An annual, tiered licensing fee structure that is based on the number of vehicles the TNC is operating in Oakville.
TNCs must give passengers the cost range of the trip, description of the vehicle, license plate number, driver name and photo before the trip starts.
Criminal reference checks for all drivers is mandatory.
A safety standards certificate from a licensed Ontario mechanic for each vehicle operating under a TNC is required.
All vehicles operating under a TNC must be identifiable with a window marking.
Street hailing of TNC vehicles is prohibited. All trips must be booked in advance through the TNCs mobile app.
TNCs are required to provide accessible mobile apps.
The age limit of TNC vehicles is seven years.

With these regulations in place for TNCs, town staff will continue to assess the impact of ridesharing services on the taxi cab industry and will present a new taxi by-law to Council for consideration in 2018.

For more information, review the staff report in the December 5, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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Tell us what you think about ride-sharing companies like Uber

Monday, June 6, 2016 – for immediate release

Tell us what you think about ride-sharing companies like Uber

Town continues to seek feedback from the public as part of ongoing transportation network company review

The Town of Oakville is currently conducting a comprehensive review of licensing options for ride-sharing/transportation network companies (TNC) like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and Hailo. Members of the public and industry stakeholders are invited to attend our public meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6 p.m. to share their thoughts. Feedback collected will help inform recommendations for Council approval later this year.

“We know that technology is changing the way people choose to travel for work and leisure,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council asked staff to review the impact ride-sharing services will have in Oakville, and present licensing options that meet the needs of everyone in our community. It is important to us that residents have the opportunity to share their opinions and we invite anyone interested to do so at this meeting.”

The town’s TNC licensing review will explore how to best integrate these services into our community through various licensing options, consider the impact ride-sharing/transportation network companies have on our community and the taxi cab industry, and focus on safety and consumer protection.

“We want to better understand the issues that are important to our community when it comes to regulating ride-sharing companies,” said Jim Barry, senior manager, Enforcement Services. “This feedback will help us determine what we need to consider in developing licensing options.”

Anyone in our community who would like to attend this public meeting is asked to register, as seating is limited. Please visit the Transportation Network Company Licensing Review page for details and to complete the registration form.


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Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Implementation scheduled for 2017 based on budget considerations

At the April 4, 2016, Council meeting, Council approved a new 24/7, centralized by-law enforcement model to be implemented as part of town’s new Municipal Enforcement Strategy. The new service delivery model recommended by town staff aims to enhance customer service for residents relating to by-law issues and concerns and will be phased in over a five-year period beginning in 2017.

“Council requested a more responsive, convenient by-law enforcement service for Oakville residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This new model allows residents to access the services they require 24 hours a day. I commend staff for their work in developing an even more user-friendly enforcement service.”

Currently, Town of Oakville by-law enforcement services are only available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no after hours or weekend enforcement. Parking enforcement is the exception which is provided on a 24/7 basis. In addition, enforcement responsibilities fall to various town departments, which can make it challenging for residents to contact the right area of enforcement when they want to report a concern. The new service delivery model will make it faster and easier for residents to get in touch with enforcement staff 24/7 so issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

The Municipal Enforcement Strategy was created based on recommendations identified from an internal audit in 2011 and direction from the 2015 Budget Committee for staff to review options for expanded by-law enforcement services. A thorough review of the town’s enforcement structure, predicted population growth, best practice scan of other municipal by-law enforcement models and feedback from various town departments also informed the strategy development.

Financial requirements to support the 24/7 centralized model will be presented to the Budget Committee this fall for approval before implementation can begin in 2017. In the meantime, staff will be working to implement the progressive enforcement policy and responsibility matrix to clarify enforcement oversight among town departments.

To read the staff report, review the March 29, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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Training a new driver on Oakville roads?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – for immediate release

Training a new driver on Oakville roads?

Town reminds driving schools and instructors about driver training areas

Hundreds of driver training students take to town roads each year with the help of local driving schools and instructors, to learn the rules of the road and become responsible drivers.

The Town of Oakville wants to remind driving schools and instructors that driver training exercises can be done on streets anywhere in Oakville, except for the area bounded by Upper Middle, Third Line, Bronte, and Lakeshore Roads in Ward 1.

The town’s By-law 2015-075 prohibits driver training in this neighbourhood due to the already increased traffic in the area, which is the designated driver exam route used by the provincial DriveTest Centre (located at 2370 Wyecroft Road).

“We are dedicated to keeping our streets safe for everyone,” said Jim Barry, senior manager of Enforcement Services. “Keeping driving instructors from training students in this area is meant to keep traffic volumes at a reasonable level.”

The town’s by-law enforcement staff will continue to monitor the area on an ongoing basis.

For more information, including a map of the prohibited driving instruction locations, review Licensing By-law 2015-075.


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Oakville Aquatic staff raise more than $2,000 for families in need

Monday, September 28, 2015 – for immediate release

Oakville Aquatic staff raise more than $2,000 for families in need

All fundraising efforts to go to Oakville’s Recreation Connection Fund

More kids will have access to the Town of Oakville’s recreation programs thanks to $2,309 raised by Oakville Aquatics staff this summer.

All the proceeds, raised through bake sales, a game night and donations, will go toward Oakville’s Recreation Connection Fund which allows kids access to recreation programs regardless of their family’s income level. The money raised by aquatic staff is enough to cover one child’s registration in all swim classes ranging from Parent and Tot to National Lifeguard Instructor.

“Our recreation programs empower kids to build confidence, develop leadership skills and challenge themselves in nationally-recognized certification programs in a variety of activities,” said Colleen Bell, commissioner of Community Services for the Town of Oakville. “Programs such as swimming in particular are a necessary life-skill that all children need to learn. I’m very proud of our 150 Aquatics staff for volunteering their time to give back to the community.”

According to the Halton Poverty Roundtable, one out of every 10 Halton residents live below the poverty line, and more than 11,000 of those are children. With statistics like these, it’s easy to see how many children lack the opportunity to take part in recreation programs.

The Town of Oakville’s Recreation Connection program provides financial assistance to residents and ensures that all residents have the access to recreation-based programs and services.


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What’s happening at Town Hall – September 21 to 25, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – September 21 to 25, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening September 21 to 25, 2015.

September 21

Council 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Standing committee reports
Administrative Services Committee — September 14, 2015
Community Services Committee — September 14, 2015

Discussion items
Oakville Enterprises Corporation quarterly report and authorization request
Support for the memorial monument for the 150th anniversary of the Lorne Scots Regiment
Halton Catholic District School Board disposition of real property in Oakville
Federal election — 2015 Council meeting schedule
Integrity Officer inquiry request

New business
Interim Radiocommunications Facilities protocol (Suncor Refinery)

September 22

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

September 24

Oakville Public Library Board
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.


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Friday, August 21, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – August 24 to 28, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening August 24 to 28, 2015.

August 25

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Palermo Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information contact:

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
Kathy.patrick@oakville.ca


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Friday, July 31, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – August 4 to 7, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening August 4 to 7, 2015.

August 4

Site Plan Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms, 5–7 p.m.

August 5

Property Standards Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Bronte Room, 10 a.m.–noon

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information contact:

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
Kathy.patrick@oakville.ca


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Friday, July 24, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – July 27 to 31, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening July 27 to 31, 2015.

July 28

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Palermo Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

July 30

Appeals Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Palermo Room, 2–3:30 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information contact:

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
Kathy.patrick@oakville.ca


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What’s happening at Town Hall – July 13 to 17, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – July 13 to 17, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening July 13 to July 17, 2015.

July 13

Ward 6 Municipal By-election, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Voting locations:

Holy Family Elementary School
1420 Grosvenor Street

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
1051 Glenashton Drive

Joshua Creek Public School
1450 Arrowhead Road

Mary Mother of God Parish
2745 North Ridge Trail

Oakville Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

July 14

Community Services Committee
Location: Town Hall, Bronte and Palermo rooms, 7–10 p.m.

Administrative Services Committee
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar rooms, 7–10 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

July 16

Public Meeting – Air Noise in Oakville
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar rooms, 7 p.m.

July 17

Midnight Madness
Location: Downtown Oakville, 6 p.m.–midnight

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information contact:

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
Kathy.patrick@oakville.ca


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