Under the hybrid fare model in the new bylaw, both taxis and Private Transportation Providers (PTP) are permitted to accept trips pre-arranged through a mobile app or written contract for a minimum charge of $3.25 per trip.
Rates above the $3.25 minimum are not regulated by the bylaw, and may be negotiated between the PTP or taxi, and the customer.
Both PTPs and taxis may also accept trips pre-arranged through telephone dispatch. For telephone dispatched trips, taxis will charge using a stipulated meter rate of $3.60 for the first 135 metres and $0.20 for each additional 135 metres or 24 seconds waiting time, whereas PTPs will charge using the $3.25 minimum flex fare rate.
Only taxis will be permitted to pick up street hails or use taxi stands using the stipulated meter rate. Keeping the street hail, taxi stand and telephone request options for taxis provides some continuity for taxi customers in how they secure service.