Etobicoke Transportation: Taxis and Taxicab
There are many taxi companies serving Missisauga and the Peel Region (including Brampton & Orangeville). Because of the impact of Pearson International Aiport, there are taxi compan ies that specialize in serving some neighbourhing communities.
Some do well with telephone reservations, others have stands at major shopping malls, hotels, the airport, Port Credit GO Station, and the International Centre.
Most taxi firms can give you an estimate of the fare when you call. Some firms have set fixed rates for specific trips.
The City of Toronto licences both taxicab owners and drivers to service the needs of the travelling public, to ensure they meet the standards in the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law, and operate their vehicle appropriately (including a smoke-free ride). The easiest way to insure that the taxicab you're hiring is licensed by the City of Toronto is to check for the Toronto Taxi Plate that is located on the left rear portion of the vehicle. Licensed Toronto Taxis will also have a tariff sticker in one of the rear passenger windows.
Taxicabs in the City of Toronto use a meter which measures both distance and time. The meter starts $3.25 (for the first 170 metres) and adds 25 cents for each additional 170 metres plus 25 cents for each 33 second period that the vehicle is not in motion. Taxis may surcharge for parcels bigger than three cubic feet in size (1 ft x 1 ft x 3 ft, or .085 cubic metres) or weight over 60 lbs (27 Kilograms) which should be agreed to at the start of the trip. The taxi meter only applies to trips within the City of Toronto, and trips beyond the boundaries may be done for an agreed flat rate (see below). Oh, yes, and if your driver was courteous and helpful, it is the custom to tip him (or her)! Tips on tipping.
Compliments or complaints about taxi trips may be made to the City at 905-896-5643.
FoundLcoally has a listing of local Taxi companies
Pearson Airport TaxisThe Greater Toronto Area (often called "the GTA") has a number of tariff zones, depending on where you are going to. That means that you do not need a taxi meter on, and that it does not matter if you are driving at 3 am in the morning or during rush hour. These rates are GST-in, but do not include tip to the driver, or tolls on Highway 407
- Eastern GTA (to Scarborough boundary) (May 1, 2006) Ranges from $16 to nearby airport hotels, $46 for downtown and $61 for eastern Scarborough and $70 for some 'burbs in York Region
- Western GTA (West to Burlington)
- Easter GTA (West to Scarborough)
- Out of Town Tariffs Barrie $122, Hamilton (downtown) $86, Kitchener $123, Niagara Falls, ON $164, as far west as Windsor $477 and as far east as Kingston $369.
Cars may not charge extra for credit card payments, and are not required to accept debit cards. If you do not have access to the Internet, contact GTAA's Call Centre at 416-AIRPORT (416-247-7678) for a list of companies.