The City of Mississauga is easing the restrictions it placed on tow truck companies and drivers applying for licences after receiving complaints from the industry.
Earlier this summer, the City passed a resolution that put a moratorium on the municipality’s issuing of tow truck plates and driver’s licences. It was to give staff a chance to review the City’s tow truck licensing bylaw and bring in more stringent requirements.
However, the City has received complaints from both drivers and tow companies. Last week at General Committee, tow truck drivers Wesam Eltaji and Yasser Abouzied appeared before councillors to express their concerns with the moratorium.
Eltaji said he wasn’t even aware it was in place and it meant he wasn’t able to get a licence even though there were tow companies that wanted to hire him.
“I’m kind of stuck in the middle of what’s going on here,” he said.
Abouzied said he missed the deadline to renew his licence and, because of that, was impacted by the moratorium.
The City said it has heard from tow companies who can’t find enough licensed drivers to put on the road and that’s hurting business.
In an attempt to alleviate concerns, the City passed a motion today that will allow licences to be issued in certain cases.
The motion says a company would have to provide justification for why it needs a new driver and that any driver must have a “clear criminal record” and a driving record with three demerit points or less in order to be considered.
Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr, who sits on the City’s Towing Industry Advisory Committee, said he hopes the motion will help address concerns.
“We have to get a handle on the industry,” said Starr. “But (this will) allow people caught in between to get their licences.”