Karygiannis moves Motion to take Uber to Court

Jim K

Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, moved a Motion asking City of Toronto solicitors to commence legal proceedings against Uber, based on the September 2015, City Council amendment to Chapter 545 of the City of Toronto Municipal Code (the Code) which changed the definition of “taxicab brokerage” to include the operations of the Uber.

The Motion was moved at the Licensing and Standard Committee and will proceed to City Council.:

“City Council direct the City Solicitor to return to Superior Court of Justice to seek an injunction against Uber based on the updated regulations to Municipal Code Chapter 545 approved by City Council at its meeting on September 30, October 1, and 2, 2015."

Mr. Karygiannis quoted the Executive Director of Licensing and Standards when the original injunction was filled in 2014.

“Uber has been operating since 2012 without a proper taxi brokerage license or limousine brokerage license. And Since September of 2014 (Uber) have been recruiting unlicensed drivers with unlicensed vehicles to provide taxi services.”

The City is concerned that Uber poses a serious risk to the public, including those who are signing on as drivers, for the following reasons:

  •  decreased passenger safety
  • unregulated fares resulting in price gouging
  •  inadequate insurance that may not provide essential coverage to drivers and passengers in the event of an accident
  •  increased safety risk to the drivers due to lack of training and vehicle security equipment”

“The motion was moved due to a letter which was send to the City Solicitor from Affleck Greene McMurtry, on behalf of the Accessible Transportation Association of Ontario, questioning the City of Toronto’s willingness to enforce its own by-laws.” said Mr. Karygiannis. 

“The enforcement of by-laws is the responsibility of the City of Toronto and the Toronto Police Service.” Mr. Karygiannis stated.  “It should not be up to members of the public to access the Court in order to enforce City by-laws.”