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Taxicab Driver Training / Vehicle Requirements 

Service and Skills Training Program

  • First time applicants must complete all modules of a Service and Skills Training Program. 
  • Drivers renewing their licence must take one of the modules for each renewal of licence.

For More Information on the training program contact:

The Taxi Academy
905.381-4296 (hamilton@taxiacademy.ca).

Vehicle Requirements:

  • A taxicab vehicle shall not be more than six years old, excluding the manufactured year.
  • Vehicle fuelled by an alternative fuel shall be permitted one additional year of service to seven years of age.
  • Taxicab vehicles from 1 to less than 3 years of age are required to undergo mechanical fitness and safety inspections by the City of Hamilton inspectors. Need to provide a safety standards certificate issued under Highway Traffic Act one time per year.
  • Taxicab vehicles 3 years of age to a maximum of 6 years of age, excluding the manufactured year, are required to undergo mechanical fitness and safety inspections by City of Hamilton inspectors.
  • Need to provide a safety standards certificate issued under Highway Traffic Act, two times per year if the vehicle is over 3 years of age.
  • Must have an affixed taxicab meter for registering distance travelled, waiting time and computing fares to be paid.
  • The taxicab meter must be located in a position clearly visible to all passengers in the taxicab.
  • The taxicab meter must be illuminated between dusk and dawn.
  • Must have on the vehicle an electrically illuminated roof sign which is securely attached to the top of the taxicab.
  • Must be equipped with a Global Position System and an onboard camera.
  • Must be equipped with an emergency lighting warning system mounted on the exterior of the vehicle to provide safety for the taxicab driver.
  • Vehicle must be in its interior neat, clean, dry and in good repair; and on its exterior, clean and in good repair, free from exterior damage and has a well maintained paint finish.

Contact Information:

 Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
77 James Street North
(2nd Floor, Suite #250)

Phone: 905-546-2782
(Press "3" for licensing)
Email: mle@hamilton.ca

Online Services:

  • BizPaL  (identify permits and licences for your business)

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