City staff report to council – city does not have the legal right to require child restraint seats in taxi cabs

In response to Councillor  Nunziata requests city staff  developing a by-law that requireing taxis to have child restraint seats available in each vehicle city staff has respponded with the following…

SUMMARY

R.R.O., Regulation 613, Seat Belt Assemblies, as amended, (Regulation 613) to the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, as amended, (Highway Traffic Act) specifically exempts taxicab drivers from the requirements to provide a car seat for children, except when the taxicab is operated by or under contract for the transportation of children with a school board or other authority in charge of a school.

It is currently beyond the authority of the City to mandate child restraint seats in taxicabs. An amendment to the Highway Traffic Act and/or Regulation 613 would be required before the matter could be further considered.

City link to full staff report

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