Taxi drivers in North Bay must be licenced

Taxi drivers in North Bay must be licenced

The North Bay Police Service reminds the public that, in accordance with the North Bay Police Services Board’s Taxi Bylaw, only licenced taxi drivers are permitted to provide a taxi service in the City of North Bay.

Warning to drivers advertising a taxi service without a licence
The North Bay Police Service’s Traffic Unit has recently informed five local people who have posted ads on a free classified ads website that the taxi service they are individually offering to North Bay residents is in violation of the North Bay Police Services Board’s taxi bylaw. Police have instructed these advertisers to remove their online ads because of this violation, and have warned them that if they are found to be accepting payment for a taxi service without a licence they could face being ticketed under the Highway Traffic Act for “pick up passenger for compensation without authority.”

Advice to members of the public
The North Bay Police Service reminds the public that there are risks involved in contracting unlicensed taxi drivers. Police advise the public to only use the service of licenced taxi drivers who work for one of North Bay’s three licenced taxi companies. Before they are issued a taxi licence and are legally permitted to provide a taxi service in the City of North Bay, licenced taxi drivers are screened by the North Bay Police Service and their vehicles are inspected by a licenced mechanic.

Town Hall Meeting
The North Bay Police Services Board will be hosting a town hall meeting on Thursday April 7th 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Lower Lecture Room at police headquarters at 135 Princess Street West, North Bay to discuss proposed changes to the taxi by-law for 2017. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend.