Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network.
Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion.
In April, when the issue came to City Council, I voted in support of the staff recommendations and against a more restrictive approach. Unfortunately, the more restrictive regulations passed.
When Car2Go shared their news today, a motion was drafted asking for City staff to further consult with the short term car rental industry and to report back at the June 26 meeting of City Council on recommended changes to improve the viability of the Free-Floating Short Term car rental pilot. I will be supporting this motion.
While I do not believe we should be giving special privileges to any specific short term car rental company at the expense of residents, we do have a responsibility as a City to figure out how to ensure there is a balance between the short term car rental economy and residents.
I am encouraged to hear that a second short term car rental company is planning to expand to Toronto. Communauto, a Canadian short term car rental company in cities across Canada, announced today that they are working on a plan to move to the Toronto market.
I hope this helps to explain my position, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.