Po­lice crack­down on lo­cal ride shar­ing ser­vice No one dies in a fire that never hap­pens

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - The Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Po­lice Ser­vice (CCPS) have charged one in­di­vid­ual with vi­o­lat­ing the High­way Traf­fic Act and Corn­wall’s taxi by-law for op­er­at­ing a ride shar­ing ser­vice.

The Po­lice Board heard an up­date on the ride shar­ing is­sue at their meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, April 4.

The in­di­vid­ual, who was not iden­ti­fied at the meet­ing, was charged roughly two weeks ago, and Po­lice Chief Dan Parkin­son said that charges could be ex­pected for two more driv­ers.

Parkin­son said that vi­o­la­tors could be fined $375 per-of­fense.

He ex­plained that the ride shar­ing ser­vice in ques­tion is known as R&B De­liv­ery Soul-utions and they were first brought to the at­ten­tion of the CCPS by Corn­wall’s ex­ist­ing taxi ser­vices. The Chief said that mem­bers of the CCPS then rode with the ride shar­ing ser­vice, which re­sulted in the charge against one in­di­vid­ual.

“In fair­ness, it is a sit­u­a­tion where there is a high level or sen­si­tiv­ity on the part of the taxi op­er­a­tors,” said Parkin­son.

The CCPS had re­leased a pub­lic no­tice last month in re­gards to Corn­wall’s Taxi By-law, By- Law# 01, 2008, pro­hibits any­one from trans­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als within the city lim­its and charg­ing a fee for it un­less oth­er­wise au­tho­rized to do so.

“The Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Po­lice Ser­vice would like to re­mind mem­bers of the pub­lic that Choice Taxi and Tip Top Taxi are the only two li­censed trans­porta­tion ser­vice com­pa­nies in Corn­wall,” said CCPS in their pub­lic state­ment. “Any other un­li­censed trans­porta­tion ser­vice(s) that have not un­der­gone these reg­u­la­tions may pose a risk to the safety of pas­sen­gers.”

The state­ment went on to say that the fine could be much steeper than $375.

“In ad­di­tion, un­li­censed trans­porta­tion ser­vices are sub­ject to a penalty not ex­ceed­ing $2000 as in­di­cated in the By-law and may also be found to com­mit an of­fence un­der Sec­tion 39.1(1)(b) of the High­way Traf­fic Act (HTA),” the state­ment read. “This of­fence can re­sult in a fine of up to $20,000 and these of­fences will be en­forced by po­lice.”

CORN­WALL, On­tario – On Wed­nes­day, April 4, 2018, the Corn­wall Fire Ser­vices were pre­sented with a $5,000 cheque from FM Global, a prop­erty in­sur­ance com­pany.

FM Global runs a grant pro­gram that sup­ports prop­erty dam­age preven­tion ini­tia­tives.

The Corn­wall Fire Ser­vices re­ceived the grant for their work cre­at­ing pro­mo­tional videos en­cour­ag­ing fire safety and fire preven­tion in the home.

“We got a lot of trac­tion with the videos, some­times as much as 40,000 views and some even na­tion­ally,” said Fire Chief Pierre Voi­sine, who said that the videos that they pub­lished through so­cial me­dia were the best way to get their mes­sage of fire preven­tion out there. “No one dies in a fire that never hap­pens,” Voi­sine said.

The $5,000 grant will be used to pro­duce more videos and will go to stu­dio and pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies.

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