Uber has been under pressure from many politicians and taxi companies to halt its services. In April, MPP John Fraser was seeking to ban Uber and other ride-sharing services and tabled the “Protecting Passenger Safety Act” that specifically “address[es] the issue of app-based bandit cabs in the province.”
However, this didn’t stop the company from operating and facilitating thousands of Canadian jobs, and today the Ontario Superior Court judge officially dismissed Toronto’s request for an injunction against Uber — specifically UberX, UberBLACK and UberTAXI. The judge ruled that the City failed to demonstrate a breach by the respondents of its by-law.
On a statement on it blog, Uber noted, “Earlier today, an Ontario court ruled in favour of ridesharing in Toronto and dismissed the City’s case to shut down Uber… This decision means that you can continue to access safe, reliable, and affordable rides through the Uber platform. We also hope that this decision helps further pave the way for ridesharing regulations and we’re excited to continue our work with Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council.”
This is great news for those in Toronto, especially with the Pan Am games coming to the city next week. Uber is also planning to bring UberPool, its carpooling service, to Toronto in the coming days.