An application for an injunction against UberX has been filed by a Toronto taxi cab driver.
According to a statement issued on behalf of the driver on Monday morning, the application was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, seeking an order restraining and preventing all UberX drivers from continuing to provide taxicab services for UberX in Toronto.
Legally, taxpayers are permitted to bring applications to court against people who are in contravention of city bylaws.
A similar process was followed in Calgary where the injunction was granted.
Last fall, the city’s bylaws were amended and Uber X drivers are now considered to be cab drivers, but they don’t carry the required license.
“Toronto’s bylaws are very clear: only someone licensed as a taxicab driver may operate a vehicle for hire in the City,” said Jay Strosberg, co-Managing Partner, Sutts, Strosberg LLP who is representing the applicant, “The bylaw was specifically changed to capture this conduct, yet Mayor Tory has decided to ignore Toronto’s own bylaw. Why bother changing the law unless you are going to enforce it?”
Mr. Strosberg added that he is “baffled” by the City’s decision to permit UberX to continue to operate as a taxi service without proper licensing and oversight.