Move over Uber, there is a new controversial app in town. Rover, an app matching drivers with owners’ unused parking spaces, launched earlier this month and has already been downloaded more than one thousand times. But the City of Toronto is skeptical of its legality. The city’s zoning bylaw offices say said it is fine for homeowners without vehicles to rent out the empty space in their garages, but filling a driveway or other space with several cars renting the spots would constitute a commercial parking lot. That could be grounds for a $5,000 fine if the city received a complaint. Co-founder Grant Brigden said Rover aims to help reduce congestion in downtown Toronto. The company is also working on an initiative called “Rover till you’re sober” to enable free overnight parking.
Is it time for the local government to stop trying to police the internet? Would you consider downloading and using Rover?