Uber is now the first private company to receive permission to operate under the city of Toronto’s new “Vehicle For Hire” bylaw.
The ride sharing phenomenon was issued a transportation licence just before another cabbie protest in East York, set to take place on Wednesday.
Approved by city council in May, the move means Uber drivers can check into the municipal and licensing office and apply for a permit.
After a criminal background check, review of their driver abstract, and proof of a vehicle inspection and insurance, new Uber drivers can then start giving customers a lift.
The new law also means some flexibility for cab owners and taxi companies. In addition to lower annual rates, owners can now own multiple taxis and set fares for trips booked in advance.
As the legislation passed, members of the United Taxi Workers’ Association were getting ready for a peaceful protest in front of the East York Civic Centre office on Wednesday morning calling for staff to enforce the city’s new bylaw against Uber.