Date
13 December 2017
Traditional taxi operators are fighting back as Uber seeks legal status worldwide, one jurisdiction at a time. Photo: Bloomberg
Traditional taxi operators are fighting back as Uber seeks legal status worldwide, one jurisdiction at a time. Photo: Bloomberg

Canada judge rejects Toronto injunction against Uber

A judge has thrown out an injunction request by Toronto to halt Uber’s operations in Canada’s largest city.

Judge Sean Dunphy found no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to Reuters which cited a copy of the decision provided by Uber.

Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said the verdict “confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services”. 

The iTaxi Association, which represents taxi drivers, expressed disappointment with the decision on its Twitter feed.

The Toronto city government wanted Uber to be regulated like traditional taxi services with which the San Francisco-based company competes.

It sought a ban on the company’s operations unless all its drivers are licensed.

Uber is fighting for legal status worldwide, one jurisdiction at a time, as authorities weigh the legality of its phone-based app.

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