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