The Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) delivered a letter to Mayor John Tory on Wednesday, requesting the application of an injunction prohibiting the operation of UberX in the city.
It’s the latest step in the ongoing battle between Uber and cab drivers.
Citing Calgary as an example, members of the TTA called upon the Mayor to do the same.
Councillors obtained an injunction from Superior Court on the 20th, pushing the ride sharing service to suspend operations in the Alberta city, November 21st.
In Toronto, the TTA says despite a request by the City to cease its illegal operations… Uber has refused to do so. They call it a a flagrant and blatant disregard for the law and say it places Torontonians at risk.
Judge Sean Dunphy denied the city an injunction in July, saying it’s up to council to bring Uber under its regulatory regime, not the courts.
In the letter, the group asks Toronto city council to do the same, “apply for an injunction in the Superior Court prohibiting Uber from carrying on its illegal operation in our city.“
The TTA also believes “There is a strong and compelling public interest why the City must seek this remedy to protect residents from an illegal, unlicensed and uninsured operation.“
The letter also uses up coming winter driving conditions as a concern stating “untrained UberX drivers will be operating cars that are not regularly inspected and may not have safety features such as winter tires.“
Uber spokespeople say Toronto is moving to create regulations for the estimated 20,000 drivers who use Uber. Any injunction would strand drivers and somewhere in the neighbourhood of a half million Toronto riders.