The City Of Toronto Is Trying To Shut Down Uber
The Uber taxicab program has come under fire from officials at city hall.
Officials with the city’s Licensing and Standards department claim the ride-sharing program is “illegal”, with the City now seeking court injunction to cease all operations against Uber Canada Inc., and related companies Uber B.V. and Raiser Operations B.V., which provide UberTaxi, UberBlack, UberSUV, UberX and UberXL.
According to the department’s Executive Director, Uber drivers are operating vehicles that are unlicensed, and claim public safety is being put in jeopardy.
“We have had discussion with Uber to become licensed and to comply with our bylaws, they have failed to do so. In this respect we have issued 36 charges since 2012. They continue to operate in flagrant disregard of the laws of both the City and the Province,” said Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards.
The ride-sharing service is quickly becoming the go-to for people looking for cheaper, alternative forms of transportation across North America.
And, the injunction may not get very far if Mayor-elect John Tory has anything to say about it.
“Uber, and services like it, are here to stay. It is time our regulatory system got in line with evolving consumer demands in the 21st century. As Mayor, I intend to see that it does, while being fair to all parties, respecting the law and public safety,” said Tory. He tells AM640 that he’s used Uber in Toronto, and other cities, and he found it to be “very convenient.”
Derringer talks about the tools at city hall trying to shut down Uber:
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