June 3 - Toronto - The Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) wishes to thank Mr. Justice Sean Dunphy of Ontario Superior Court of Justice for hearing the City of Toronto’s requested injunction to prevent the Uber group of companies from acting as an unlicensed taxi service.
Gail Souter, President of the TTA, points out that Toronto’s taxi industry has long been a supporter of innovation which acknowledges the importance of regulation and safety.
The Toronto Taxi Alliance supports innovation and encourage new technologies which will improve service and the competitiveness of Toronto’s taxi industry. However public safety is paramount.
“Riders like taxi apps, which is why several Toronto taxi services including Beck, Diamond, Royal, Co-op and City Taxi all offer smartphone app hails. This is not exclusive to Uber," Souter says.
Unfortunately Uber is telling riders that UberX cars are covered by commercial insurance, while insurance companies say this is absolutely not true.
"In a regulated Toronto taxi cab, the drivers are trained and licensed, and their cars are properly insured. Toronto’s taxi firms support innovation and competition; all we ask is a level playing field. Our members, who have been working and investing in good faith while following Toronto’s taxi regulations, want to see Uber and other similar companies working according to the same standards," Souter points out.
"This is safer for riders and the public."