Toronto Taxi union has filed another injunction application to block UberX

Rob Attrell

March 15, 2016 10:49am

Toronto has evolved into a hotbed for testing new Uber promotions and pilot projects, resulting in a growth of popularity in the bustling downtown area.

The city, however, is also home to one of the toughest regulatory fights Uber has faced in Canada, with legal affronts coming from taxi unions, as well as the city itself.

Late last week, a second injunction application was filed against UberX drivers in Toronto, even as Mayor John Tory pushes against legal action as the city works on regulations to ensure Uber works within city bylaws. The city expects the next round of these proposed regulations will be completed in April, and hopes the proposal will create balance between taxis and uber in Toronto.

Last year, an injunction filed by the city itself failed, and Tory also says any further legal action will take months, by which time the new regulations should be ready. While the taxi drivers and unions are doing everything they can to stop Uber from running its service in Toronto, Susie Heath, a spokesperson for Uber Canada, remains adamant that updating regulations to include services like Uber is the “best path forward,” according to a statement in a recent Toronto Star interview.

For the time being, Uber will continue to run in Toronto, and as other cities work to incorporate ride-sharing apps into their bylaws, it’s likely this fight will only end once Toronto does as well.

SourceThe Star
  • Shoey5

    Can we file in an injunction to get rid of Taxi drivers?

    • Grumpel

      hear hear

    • Cory Pereira

      Yes please I hate Toronto cabs they are not good people and try and take advantage of us everyday they can …..

      So uber keep doing what you are doing because u are making this world a better place lol…

    • Brad Fortin

      How about just making it so that everyone doing the same job has to follow the same regulations? Either apply taxi regulations to Uber or stop applying the regulations to everyone else.

    • Goran Mihajlović

      The Ontario Superior Court ruled against the City of Toronto, deeming Uber to not have violated any municipal by-laws and to be a ride sharing service. I happen to think Uber is using the letter of the law to break the spirit of the law type thing, but that’s the ruling that Toronto has to work with.

    • Brad Fortin

      I think that case was against Uber, as a company, using city bylaws. There’s still some battles going on against Uber’s drivers using different laws.

    • Mo Dabbas

      And remain with what?
      Go see the leaked documents that reveals uber had thousands of sexual assault complain tickets and thousands of rape complain tickets (around 6000 for each). Such numbers for a 3 year old service located only in few cities.
      Uber doesn’t even do a proper security check on these drivers. Having an app and making something sound hip doesn’t make it safe.

    • Goran Mihajlović

      Several dozen cities worldwide, actually. Yeah Uber tends to just “fire” the offending driver. I think that they hope that it’s enough so they don’t have a precedent set where they have to use insurance for “damages” done in each case, raising their costs up.

      A background check is done. They could perhaps opt for a more in depth one, but do tell me how people without any sexual assault priors is going to be picked up by any background check. It would also be pertinent to compare to taxis to see how many sexual assault complaints are made per capita. If its similar enough, and if taxi companies respond in a similar manner, then it’s all messed up and no one has a leg to stand on and more needs to be done for both services.

  • HelloCDN

    Amazing. Why didn’t I find a job with a union like this…. Job security for life – no need to spend time on self-improvement and improving a customer service… Just file an injunction.

    • That is any union job. Look at TTC for example

  • Jesus McDongswoggle

    I wish I could legislate my company’s competition away using taxpayer money…

    • Brad Fortin

      You probably could if you had to follow regulations to do your job but somebody else didn’t have to follow the same regulations for the same job because your competitor is “just a technology company” that’s taking all your customers.

  • Up Yours

    Instead of wasting time on ‘injunctions’ the taxi business should be focusing all their energies on how to improve their own services. Something they seem quite tone deaf about nor do they really care it seems.
    Until they clean up their act and press city hall for more favourable regulations that make it profitable for them nothing will change with that industry. It’s stuck in time circa 1955

  • Raj Singh

    They should develop and adapt their service to compete with the way it is… not the way it was. If they were competitive, they’d be able to offer a compelling service that can compete with Uber. As it is today, they cannot so they act like petulant children.

    • Mo Dabbas

      Cab drivers aren’t complaining that uber uses an app. They are complaining because uber skips all the taxi fees and insurances that cab drivers pay. And that’s why uber is able to be cheaper.
      Make the same fees for all and I guarantee you uber prices won’t remain as they are

    • Raj Singh

      I disagree. Even if the fees were the same, the taxi associations would still not be okay with the competition. They guard those tokens and charge upwards of a million dollar fee to buy in. They screwed themselves by becoming complacent. The customer had no alternative. Now that there is a viable alternative, they don’t know how to deal with it.
      People want Uber. It’s that simple. Now it’s time to regulate the service. Can’t make it go away.

  • Mo Dabbas

    When they pay their fees properly, stop hiring rapists and do proper security check on their drivers then uber is a welcome to operate anywhere.

    • blueadept1

      18000 taxi driver rapes last month alone. Much more than Uber. Ban taxis.

    • Mo Dabbas

      Can you provide your sources. or is it just a randomly typing numbers habit?

    • blueadept1

      My sources are the same as yours. 🙂

    • Mo Dabbas

      Oh, I see, you have even random typing habits.
      Before you try to sound so smart and comment about my resources, go check buzzfeed.com report which contains the information I mentioned.

      At least now I know you have no idea what you’re saying.

  • Detroit Lions fan

    Toronto taxi racket is over regulated over priced I’ll never take cab in Hamilton or Toronto