More fuel has been added to the Uber in Toronto fire.
On his way into an executive committee meeting this morning, Mayor John Tory commended Edmonton’s decision to legalize Uber saying “Toronto is on track to do the same thing”.
This sparked outrage from the Toronto Taxi Alliance. TTA Spokesperson Sam Moini stated the Mayors comments are a real insult to Toronto’s elected representatives and is basically saying to the cities residents that your vote means nothing.
Mayor Tory has been at the centre of this firestorm ever since declaring back in November 2014 that “Uber is here to stay”.
The push for Toronto to legalize the private taxi service came after Edmonton city councillors voted Wednesday to do so starting March 1st.
The go ahead vote does come with several conditions. Some of these include Uber paying the city of Edmonton an annual $70,000 operating fee, obtaining provincially approved insurance for all drivers as well as placing no minimum on the services cab fare.
The vote was welcomed by Uber Canada General Manager Ian Black, who applauded the city for its “progressive regulations that embrace ride sharing”.