While the City of Toronto voted last month to place regulation on Uber and its UberX ride share service, those regulations are not expected to be implemented until 2016. In the meantime UberX drivers continue to work on Toronto’s streets, despite the city Mayor asking the company to withdraw in the interim. Now, taxi drivers in Toronto are continuing their fight to have Uber removed from the city.
Taxi drivers and organizations representing them have been the most vocal against UberX and now the Toronto Taxi Alliance is applying directly to Mayor John Tory to seek a new injunction to stop Uber operating in Canada’s most populous city. The Alliance seems to have been buoyed by the recent decision in Calgary to place an injunction on UberX until the city decides what to do about the service.
Toronto has already made its decision, but the fact that Uber continues to operate while the city figures out how to best regulate it has won few allies. Indeed, Tory, who was instrumental in the city voting to regulate UberX has said that the company continuing to operate is akin to a proverbial slap in the face… stab in the back may be more appropriate.
Taxi alliance spokesman Sam Moini said the organization wants to mirror Calgary’s recent measures in Toronto.
“We need the city to act, we need the mayor’s political will to be behind it and we’re looking for this injunction to be applied as soon as possible,” he said.
Toronto has previously tried to shut down Uber with an injunction before, but the move failed, ultimately paving the way for the historic vote to regulate the company. The Taxi Alliance thinks a new motion has more chance of passing because of the fact Uber is operating in the city still, despite not having official clearance to do so.
Uber Canada spokesman Susie Heath said an injunction would hurt Uber drivers and passengers.
“Toronto is already moving forward to create regulations for the close to 20,000 drivers in Toronto who drive with Uber — a city injunction would strand those drivers and over half a million Toronto riders,” Heath said.