City has filed an application for a court injunction against the company, citing an increased risk to passengers.
This morning, the City submitted an application to the Superior Court for an injunction that would put a stop to Uber services within Toronto. Uber allows passengers to flag cabs using their mobile phones, and its new uberX service, introduced in September, connects passengers to drivers operating unlicensed vehicles.
The City says that Uber has been operating without a proper licence since 2012, and it’s “concerned that Uber’s operations pose a serious risk to the public, including those who are signing on as drivers”—and cites as issues the lack of vehicle inspections and driver training, inadequate insurance coverage, the potential threat posed to the taxi industry, and unregulated fares.
“They are continuing to operate in flagrant disregard of the laws of both the city and the province,” said Tracey Cook, executive director of city licensing and standards, at a press conference.
In response to the City’s move, Uber issued a statement that read, in part, “It’s disappointing that city bureaucrats have deployed expensive legal tactics to attempt to halt progress, limit consumer choice and force a broken transportation model on the public.”
No date has yet been set for the hearing of the application.