Quebec taxi union seeking injunction against Uber

Published: February 1, 2016

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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While Edmonton broke new ground by voting to legalize Uber and the UberX ride-sharing service last week, other Canadian cities are still muddling through their own issues. Taxi drivers remain fiercely opposed to Uber, even in Edmonton, and in Quebec they are going after the company again, this time looking for an injunction against the service in the province.

Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos, a taxi group that represents more than 4,000 drivers and taxi owners across the province, discussed Uber in Montreal on Sunday. It was the organizations general assembly, which convenes in the largest city in the province and on the agenda was the UberX service.

They plan to fight Uber by seeking an injunction against the company, which they view as providing unfair competition as it operates in Quebec without regulation. The group says authorities in the province should take the lead and clamp down on the illegal UberX service or force Uber to abide by current taxi laws and regulations.

The union said it would seek an injunction this week that would rightfully declare the UberX service illegal in an attempt to have it shut out of the province. The group says the injunction could be sought as early as Tuesday, but history in other cities suggests even with an injunction against it, Uber will continue to operate in Montreal and across Quebec.

As well as taking out the injunction, Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos says it will start a court process in an attempt to retrieve loss of earnings caused by the illegal competition Uber has brought to the province.

A spokesman speaking on behalf of Uber Canada said the injunction would be without merit, adding:

"As we have seen from Superior Courts rulings across Canada, Uber is a new transportation model distinct from the traditional taxi industry," said spokesman Jean-Christophe De Le Rue.