Eventually, a majority vote decided that Uber operations in Toronto would be regulated, and that Uber is now allowed to connect customers with licensed taxi drivers ONLY.
City Hall has also requested that Uber put a temporary hold on operations in Toronto. Uber Canada’s general manager Ian Black says they will not comply with that request.
Should Toronto reconsider their approach, considering that Uber provides employment (a large number of them part-time only) to over 16,000 drivers in the city? Would this kill jobs and income for people who need the money?
The Wednesday debate over Uber was heated at times in City Hall with councillors Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti and Jim Karygiannis all trying to get councillors to ban UBER from operating in the city.
The meeting saw emotions run high for much of the day as members of the taxi industry and UBER supporters cheered and jeered from the gallery several times.
Speaker Frances Nunziata even threatened to remove them a few times.
Council also voted to reduce the base fare in cabs by a dollar from $4.25 to $3.25.