Uber court decision does not change insurance requirements

Taxi Alliance calls upon City to enforce the Highway Traffic Act

TORONTO, July 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Justice Dunphy's July 3rd decision that UberX is not a taxi brokerage does nothing to change the insurance requirements of a vehicle carrying paying passengers, the Toronto Taxi Alliance points out.

"Ontario's auto insurance regulations make no distinction as to how a driver is dispatched, or how he receives a request for a ride whether it be by street hail, telephone or smartphone app. Ontario's auto insurance coverage asks 'Are you carrying paying passengers?' and if the answer is 'yes,' you need commercial insurance," points out TTA spokesperson Sam Moini.

"On July 2nd, the taxi industry called upon Mayor Tory and Chief Saunders to enforce the Highway Traffic Act with regard to insurance requirements. Today, we call upon them again to simply enforce the existing law.

"Justice Dunphy has decided UberX cars are not taxis. Now, Toronto has thousands of uninsured cars picking up paying passengers and decimating its existing base of regulated, insured taxis. Toronto has a lot of work to get done to correct this situation, work that should have started when Uber arrived 3 years ago."

SOURCE Toronto Taxi Alliance

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